Ashish Nehra, the veteran pace bowler, has decided to bring the curtains down on his international career after the first Twenty20 International against New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla on November 1.
According to a PTI report on Wednesday (October 11), Nehra who is currently a part of India’s T20I squad for the Australia series has informed Virat Kohli, the captain, and Ravi Shastri, the head coach about his decision.
The report also added that Nehra would not be a part of the next season of the Indian Premier League.
“Yes, 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. Obviously, there is some element of surprise. One thought that he would like to continue till the home season against Sri Lanka. But he feels, it’s the right time to move on,” a Board of Control for Cricket in India official confirmed.
“Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are in-form bowlers, and Ashish felt that it’s only fair in the interest of the team that they continue. Bhuvi has improved as a T20 bowler in leaps and bounds and Ashish said that the pair should continue. Had there not been a match at Kotla next month, Ashish would have retired after playing the third T20I at Hyderabad on October 13,” the official added.
The Kotla T20I will give Nehra, who has not played the first two games of the three-game series against Australia, a chance to finish his injury-plagued career at his home ground.
Nehra, 38, will be best remembered for his figures of 6 for 23 against England at Durban in the 2003 World Cup, a match he played despite being unwell and frequently throwing up in between his overs.
The lanky medium pacer made his debut in 1999 under Mohammed Azharuddin and has represented the country in 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20 Internationals for the country. He has picked 44 Test wickets, besides 157 ODI and 34 T20 wickets.
He was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad with a match-turning performance in the semifinal against Pakistan. He missed the final due to a finger fracture.
It is also learnt that a few IPL franchises want Nehra as their bowling coach-cum-mentor as his expertise and knowledge with white ball is considered to be unparalleled