Nehra set to retire from all forms of cricket


Earlier, when Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the Indian squad for three-match T20 series, everyone was surprised to see Indian pacer Ashish Nehra's name on the list.

Veteran India pacer Ashish Nehra said on Wednesday that he may hang up his boots after the first Twenty20 global (T20I) against New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on November 1. "But he feels, it's the right time to move on", the senior official told PTI on Wednesday. "Always good to retire when people ask why instead of why not", he continued.

"What we have heard is that Nehra has spoken to the captain and coach and informed them about his decision to retire after the T20 match in Delhi. I always wanted to retire on a high", he added. The 38-year-old is said to have communicated his desire to both the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli as well as the head coach, Ravi Shastri.

India fast bowler Ashish Nehra has chose to call time on his global career after the T20I match against New Zealand in Delhi.

The Delhi-born pacer made his debut for India in 1999 and has since gone on to play 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20Is for his country.

The Delhi-native has collected 44, 157 and 34 wickets in Test, ODI and T20I cricket in his 18-year worldwide career.

The three-match rubber is tied 1-1 with the decider on Friday (October 13) in Hyderabad.

Nehra, who took 235 wickets in 163 global appearances, was an integral part of the 2011 World Cup-winning team, although he will also be remembered for his match-winning spell of 6-23 against England in the 2003 edition.

The left-arm pacer was also part of the Indian team that lifted the ICC World Cup 2011 trophy. He missed the final due to a finger fracture. He has also been an asset for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL but the Delhi ace said he will not play the glitzy T20 tournament either.