Retirement was a well-thought out decision: Ashish Nehra

Ebony Scott
October 13, 2017

His last game will be on November 1, against New Zealand, at his home ground - Feroz Shah Kotla (New Delhi).

The 38-year-old intimated his decision to chief coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli. People said you are retiring in November, you can still play the next IPL which is just five months away. And he is one guy who always gives good advice. "It can't get bigger than getting to retire in front of your home fans where I played my first Ranji Trophy game 20 years ago", he added. When I confirmed the news, there were many people asking me to play IPL at least. "If I am leaving, I will leave completely".

Nehra did not find a place in India's Playing XI in the opening two games of the ongoing T20I rubber against Australia. I played a lot under (Sourav) Ganguly and (MS) Dhoni.

He came into the series with the mindset of playing all matches but soon realised that the younger crop was fully ready to shoulder the responsibility. Last two-three years has been a great journey. "When I came in this time, I had straightway told the captain and coach about my plans and about my thought process and they respected my decision", he said. "I have given it a good thought after looking at the performances over the last five-six months of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and (Jasprit) Bumrah", he explained.

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Ashish Nehra may not go down in Indian Hall of Fame but there is little doubt that he has been one of the most popular cricketers in the Indian dressing room. So I can easily play in IPL.

Earlier, Nehra was quoted as saying that he wants to play for another two years, but now it seems that that is not going to happen.

Nehra, who had an injury-prone career, always struggled to play at a stretch for the national team. "I always wanted to retire on a high", Nehra stressed. Like, in between, unfortunately, the problem in India is people count you as playing only when you are playing worldwide cricket or the IPL. "I was always mentally strong. Character comes when you are not doing well and then you bounce back". He also went on to feature in 2003 World Cup and had a highly successful campaign where he picked up 15 wickets at an average of 19.26.

Editorial team of CricketCountry. "When you are playing cricket, every day is a memory", he said. "I always said, never say never, but it's not applicable in this case", he said with a broad smile on his face. "So I think it is the right time and my decision has been welcomed by all concerned", Nehra signed off. It's good that people still think I can play.

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