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See how Ashish Nehra got cake smeared all over his face during farewell party

Ashish Nehra retired with 235 international wickets to his name and celebrated his retirement after the New Zealand T20 at New Delhi by getting cake smeared over his face

india-vs-new-zealand-2017 Updated: Nov 04, 2017 13:22 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Ashish Nehra ended up with cake all over his face in his retirement party.
Ashish Nehra ended up with cake all over his face in his retirement party. (PTI)

Ashish Nehra retired from all formats of the game on Wednesday, thus ending a glittering career panning over 18 years in international cricket. It was an emotional moment for the 38-year-old, who hung up his boots in front of his home crowd.

The fate of the match had already been written by then and thus although the usual pressure of winning a match wasn’t there, Nehra later admitted that it was an unusual experience nonetheless.

The Ferozeshah Kotla ground was also the very venue where Nehra had earned his Ranji debut back in 1997. The crowd did give a fitting farewell to their beloved ‘Nehraji’.

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After the match, skipper Virat Kohli, who also hails from Delhi, lauded the tenacity and resilience of Nehra. “To have played 19 years is very hard for a fast bowler. I know how professional he’s been and how hard he’s worked.

“He deserved this kind of a farewell with the crowd cheering him. He can now spend time with his family, he’s got a beautiful family. We’ll stay in touch but we’ll miss him and I wish him all the best,” Kohli had said.

The farewell party was thus bound to be quite a spectacular moment as well with former veterans of the game joining in the celebration in the dressing room.

Former India opener Virender Sehwag, who hails from Delhi as well, was seen in a couple of pictures uploaded on Twitter and a walk down memory might have been extremely nostalgic.

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A video was recently uploaded on Twitter by a user who goes by the name @dhonikohlifc where the cricketers can be seen celebrating the farewell.

Nehra is seen giving a piece of cake to Kohli, who in turn returns the favour. Nehra’s face can be seen smeared with cake all over as well.

Nehra is best remembered by fans for his iconic haul of 6/23 against England in the 2003 World Cup where he ran through the opposition to hand India the crucial victory.

Although he could not pick up any wickets, Nehra was a content man after his final game. “I last played Test cricket when I was 24 or 25, but at the end, to have played for 18 years and to be here standing in blue clothing and to have played my final match, I could not have asked for anything more,” he said at the post-match conference.

First Published: Nov 04, 2017 13:08 IST

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