Veteran Indian pace bowler Ashish Nehra has decided to retire from International cricket after the first T20 International against New Zealand at his home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla, on November 1.
With ICC not slotting any World T20 in 2018, Nehra apparently told the team management that it is only fair that performing juniors have a longer rope. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are the in-form bowlers and Ashish felt that it’s only fair in the interest of the team that they continue.
“Yes, Ashish has told both Ravi (Shastri) and Virat (Kohli) 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 senior BCCI official told.
Nehra has had an injury-plagued career of 18 years. The frequent injuries forced him to retire from Test cricket 10 years ago. He has been part of two ODI World Cup campaigns in 2003 and 2011. He was ignored by the selectors despite taking 2/33 in against Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup semifinal. That happens to be his last ODI since he fractured a finger in that semifinal.
Furthermore, the left-arm pacer won’t appear in the Indian Premier League(IPL) from next year. He had to miss a part of the 2017 IPL for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, owing to a hamstring injury.