It was speculated that Indian veteran pacer Ashish Nehra would retire from international cricket either in the ongoing T20I series against Australia or in the upcoming T20I against New Zealand. Putting all speculations to rest, BCCI has confirmed that Nehra is all set to hang up his boots post the November 1 T20I against New Zealand at his home ground in Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
Nehra was recalled to the T20I squad against Australia, but failed to get a berth in the first two T20Is as India went with younger pacers in Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
The inclusion of Nehra in the T20I squad was panned by critics as they felt a younger bowler should have been given the opportunity to get a feel of international cricket.
According to a report by PTI, a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying that Nehra had conveyed to Indian skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri that he did not wish to continue post the November 1 T20I against New Zealand and would retire from all forms of cricket. Nehra had also seem to have decided not to play in IPL anymore.
Nehra had an injury-plague career, but survived 18 years of international cricket although he played less than 200 internationals for India. He made a comeback last year in the T20I squad, taking 18 wickets in 15 matches.
Nehra was part of the winning squad that won the 2011 World Cup. He was also part of the 2003 World Cup squad that lost the final to Australia.
Nehra played 120 ODIs, taking 157 wickets. He also took 44 wickets in 17 Tests and 34 wickets in 26 T20Is. Nehra formed a lethal combination with another left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan during their prime.