Ashish Nehra to retire from competitive cricket on November 1, won’t play IPL

Ashish Nehra is part of the Indian cricket team for the T20 series against Australia. The veteran pacer is yet to play a match in the current series.

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Oct 11, 2017 18:50 IST
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Ashish Nehra during the 2nd T20 International match between India and Australia at the Barsapara cricket ground, Guwahati on October 10, 2017. (BCCI)

Veteran speedster Ashish Nehra has decided to retire from competitive cricket after the first T20 International against New Zealand at his home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla, on November 1.

According to a senior BCCI official, the 38-year-old Ashish Nehra has intimated his decision to chief coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli.

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.

It is understood that Nehra won’t play even in the Indian Premier League’s next season. He was part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad in 2017 but missed key games due to injury.

Making his India debut back in 1999 under Mohammed Azharuddin, Nehra has so far played 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20 Internationals for the country. He has picked 44 Test wickets, besides 157 ODI and 34 T20 scalps.

“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,” the BCCI official said.

Nehra was recently picked for the three-match T20 International series against Australia but everyone was surprised when he did not figure in the playing XI for the first two matches.

Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra at the JCSA International Stadium in Ranchi ahead of the 1st T20 on October 7, 2017. (BCCI )

“Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are 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 T20 International at Hyderabad on October 13,” the official said.

The Kotla T20 will give Ashish Nehra a chance to finish his injury-plagued career at his home ground. He is best remembered for his 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.

He was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad with a match-winning performance in the semi-final against Pakistan. He missed the final due to a finger fracture.

It is learnt that a few IPL teams want Nehra as their bowling coach-cum-mentor as his expertise and knowledge with white ball is considered to be priceless.

First Published: Oct 11, 2017 18:43 IST