Ashish Nehra playing final India game at home vs New Zealand lauded by Kapil Dev

Ashish Nehra will play his final international cricket match for India against New Zealand in a T20. Kapil Dev wished the left-arm pacer good luck for his journey ahead.

india vs new zealand 2017 Updated: Nov 01, 2017 17:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Ashish Nehra during a practice session ahead of first T20 International cricket match between India and New Zealand.(AFP)

Kapil Dev, Indian cricket team’s World Cup-winning captain, lauded the way Ashish Nehra was given an opportunity to play his farewell match at his homeground – Feroz Shah Kotala in New Delhi – against New Zealand on Wednesday.

“You feel good when a player gets a farewell. Every player expeccts he gets the honour. We should do this for every player,” Kapil said during a media interaction.

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The T20 International match against New Zealand will mark the end of Nehra’s 18-year international career that started with a Test match against Sri Lanka in February 1999 in Colombo.

He was an integral part of the Indian side that went to the final of the 2003 World Cup under Sourav Ganguly. Nehra’s most iconic moment on the field for India came during the 2003 World Cup against England when his 6/23 helped India to a comprehensive win.

“I like his six-wicket haul in the Durban World Cup match against England in 2003. It was a great spell,” Kapil said.

Nehra later went on to win the trophy in 2011 and led India’s pace department when they reached the semi-final of the World T20 in 2016.

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Injuries forced him to bid adieu to Test cricket, where he took 44 wickets from 17 Tests. His limited overs career was far more impressive with 157 wickets from 120 ODI matches, besides 34 scalps from 26 T20 Internationals.

Kapil added that players getting farewell matches is good for Indian cricket.

“Things getting better and better. When Gavaskar retired we never even dreamt they would be another player like him. But so many good players have come and broken so many records. We want better players to come in the new generation,” he said.

First Published: Nov 01, 2017 17:16 IST