Ashish Nehra announces retirement, will sign off in Delhi

Ashish Nehra announces retirement, will sign off in Delhi

Ashish Nehra announces retirement, will sign off in Delhi

Sporting a mile-wide smile wherever he sauntered in his torpid gait, Nehra managed to outlive several pacers of his generation with sheer determination, digging out enough motivation to return from exhausting surgeries and excruciating injuries.

Veteran Indian pacer, Ashish Nehra is all set to retire from all forms of cricket after the first T20I against New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla. People said you are retiring in November, you can still play the next IPL which is just five months away. It's good that people think I can still play but it's good to retire when you are on a high. "It was a tough decision for me, but they all respect my decision". He was a budding cricketer and I thought he had the right attitude and deserved a chance. His improved performances in the IPL led to a recall for the national side as he even played in the 2016 edition of the World T20. "If I am leaving, I will leave completely".

After being omitted for the West Indies and Sri Lanka series, Nehra was recalled for the T20I leg against Australia but didn't find a place in the playing eleven. He could have played a lot more but for the constant injuries.

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The Delhi pacer has not been part of the playing XI in this series and this could be one of the reasons for his decision. In the last two years I have done that. Also, the way Bhuvneshwar (Kumar) has been bowling, there have been times when I and Jaspreet Bumrah have played while Bhuvi and (Mohd) Shami have sat out. It is good to see that people think I have more to contribute to the game and the Indian team. This means he has at most 17 months of cricket left in him. "I won't play IPL", Nehra said. But the process of coming back has made me mentally strong and I know it will help me prosper in future as well. "For me the true measure of success is how many times you bounce back from failure".

The Delhi native was a vital part of India's 2003 World Cup campaign in South Africa, where the team ended up as runners-up to Australia. "When you are playing cricket, every day is a memory", he said.

Ahead of India's 3rd T20I against Australia in Hyderabad tomorrow (October 13), the 38-year-old told reporters that he had chose to "retire on a high". Definitely for me those are great memories. People remember moments, like the six wickets against England, or the last over in Karachi but I don't think I am like that. I will always go thinking that I must be doing something good so that captain asks me to bowl the last over.

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