Led by Virat Kohli, Indian team is expected to play T20 worldwide at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi on November 1 against New Zealand, the match will present the ideal opportunity for his retirement. "I played my first Ranji Trophy here match 20 years back", Nehra told the reporters. It's always good to retire when people are asking "Why" rather than 'Why Not?' I always wanted to retire on a high.
Ashish Nehra, the veteran Indian pacer, made official his decision to retire from all forms of cricket on Thursday (October 12), a day before the third and decisive Twenty20 global against Australia in Hyderabad. Also, the way Bhuvneshwar (Kumar) has been bowling, there have been times when I and Jaspreet Bumrah have played while Bhuvi and (Mohd) Shami have sat out.
Nehra stated that he had spoken with the Indian cricket team management and also with MSK Prasad - chairman of the selection committee.
"He has played 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20Is for India, taking 235 worldwide wickets". It is a three-match series and Nehra will play in only the opening contest.
Nehra didn't play in the second T20I against Australia which India lost. He has picked 44 Test wickets, besides 157 ODI and 34 T20 scalps.
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Earlier, when Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the Indian squad for three-match T20 series, everyone was surprised to see Indian pacer Ashish Nehra's name on the list. "I am not even playing IPL, so you can judge my decision". Plagued by injuries, Nehra's career could not touch the heights it was expected to scale but he played his role in some memorable triumphs for Indian cricket.
"The only one thing that I'm not happy is my body".
"At times when I wake up, especially in the winter in Delhi, my knees are so sore, it is half an hour before I can even leave my bed and am able to walk", added Nehra.
Nehra was recently picked for the three-match T20 global series against Australia but everyone was surprised when he did not figure in the playing XI for the first two matches.