Indian paceman Ashish Nehra to put a full stop on his long and illustrious 18-year international career. The 38-year-old Indian pace bowler has announced that the T20I against New Zealand in Delhi on 1st November will be his last time on a cricket field. He is also set to retire from domestic cricket and IPL after 1st November. Ashish Nehra made his international debut in a test match against Sri Lanka in December 1999. He is among the few Indian players who debuted in the 1990s to be still actively playing. Considering the fact that he is a pace bowler and has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, it is a remarkable achievement.
The Indian quickie was instrumental in getting India through to the 2003 World Cup final where his 6/23 against England is still the best figures in a world cup by an Indian. He was part of India’s 2011 World Cup winning side as well but missed the final after breaking his finger in the semi-final. Ashish Nehra had a terrific outing in 2015 IPL where he bagged 22 wickets which made his comeback to the Indian team easier. The paceman will end with 157 ODI wickets and 44 test wickets to his name. He still has a chance to add to his tally of 34 T20I scalps.
While announcing his retirement, Nehra said, “The only one thing that is not happy that I am still playing is my body. I can play for another couple of years but it isn’t easy for a fast bowler at 38-39, especially considering the state of my body. At times when I wake up, especially in the winter in Delhi, my knees are so sore, it is half an hour before I can even leave my bed and am able to walk. I have had four surgeries in my ankle, plus my knee is always sore. But again, after half an hour or so I say to myself that I have to do it.”