Wednesday, 01 November 2017 - 10:03
Ashish Nehra retires from cricket


India takes on New Zealand in the first of a three-match T20I series today (01) at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.
With India having made a habit of pulverizing sides at home regardless of the format, the Delhi crowd will be focussing more on a very familiar figure in the Indian blue rather than the match itself.
This will be important to Ashish Nehra.
The match will also mark an end to his 18-year international career that started with a Test match against Sri Lanka in 1999 at Colombo.
Nehra was only a year older than how long his international career has gone on, and his domestic career has been even longer than that.
He clarified that he would be ending both on Wednesday and also ruled himself out of the IPL too.
Nehra said that, although he is confident of going for “another couple of years” but his body doesn’t allow him to do so.
His career has been blighted by injuries but he has been with India on a quite a few important junctures.
He was an integral part of the side that went to the final of the 2003 World Cup under Sourav Ganguly.
He later went on to win the trophy in 2011 and led India’s pace department when they went to the semi-final of the T20I World Cup in 2016.
Nehra has played 17 Tests (44 wickets), 120 ODI's (157 wickets) and 26 T20I's (34 wickets).
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