Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Ashish Nehra set to retire from cricket on November 1

Ashish Nehra set to retire from cricket on November 1

Eventually called back into the side for the T20I series against Australia past year, Nehra has been unstoppable in the shortest format.

Nehra didn't play in the second T20I against Australia which India lost.

"Ashish has told both Ravi and Virat that he does not want to continue beyond November 1 when India plays New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla", the source said. "Now I think it is the right time and they've welcomed my decision", he said.

"It is always good to retire when people are asking why than why not", Nehra told reporters here. "Nehra has requested for one last match at his home ground and wants to go out on a high", stated a BCCI official. "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", the official added. "The game against New Zealand is in Delhi so you can't get better than that when you retire in front of your home crowd", the 38-year-old said at a press conference ahead of the third T20I against Australia here.

After a few days of speculation, veteran India pacer Ashish Nehra has announced his retirement from all forms of the game here on Thursday.

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Nehra was recently picked for the three-match T20 worldwide series against Australia but everyone was surprised when he did not figure in the playing XI for the first two matches.

Nehra made his senior debut for India during the test series against Sri Lanka in 1999 and helped his country reach the 2003 World Cup final. He has picked 44 Test wickets, besides 157 ODI and 34 T20 scalps.

He was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad with a match-turning performance in the semi-final against Pakistan.

The left-arm seamer is also likely to quit from Indian Premier League (IPL). He missed a part of the 2017 IPL for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, owing to a hamstring injury.

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