Veteran India pacer Ashish Nehra on Thursday said he will call an end to his cricket career after the first Twenty20 global (T20I) against New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on November 1.
The 38-year-old intimated his decision to chief coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli.
Ashish Nehra has created a buzz in media by his announcement that he is retiring from worldwide cricket.
"Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are the form bowlers and Ashish felt that it's only fair in the interest of the team that they continue".
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"Obviously, there is some element of surprise". But Nehra has now come out and said that it was his own.Speaking to the media ahead of the third T20I between India and Australia in Hyderabad, Nehra said: "It's my own decision". Can't get bigger than playing in Delhi and retiring there.
Nehra has so far played 17 Tests (44 wickets), 120 One-Day Internationals (157 wickets) and 26 T20Is (34 wickets) for the country. "But he feels, it's the right time to move on", the senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by PTI. "Nehra has requested for one last match at his home ground and wants to go out on a high", the official was quoted as saying by cricketnext.
"Had there not been a match at Kotla next month, Ashish would have retired after playing the third T20 global at Hyderabad on October 13". He has also been an asset for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL but the Delhi ace said he will not play the glitzy T20 tournament either.
He formed a potent new-ball bowling partnership with fellow left-armer Zaheer Khan at the turn of the century, but persistent injuries - which resulted in surgeries on his ankle and knee - hampered a stop-start career.
In his 18 year long career, Nehra has been a part of two International World Cups; 2003 and 2011.