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Nehra announces retirement, says always wanted to end on high

Friday, October 13, 2017
By S Janakiram

Hyderabad: Veteran Indian pacer Ashish Nehra decided to call time on his injury-ravaged career after next month's opening T20 against New Zealand at his home ground of Delhi, saying "it is always good to retire when people are asking why rather than why not".

"I have spoken to the team management as well as the chairman of selection committee that the game against New Zealand has come in Delhi. So it can't get bigger than retiring in front of your home fans where I played my first Ranji Trophy game 20 years ago," said Nehra.

The 38-year-old seamer made the announcement on the eve of the third and final T20 against Australia here.

Nehra also confirmed that he won't be playing in the lucrative Indian Premier League. 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. He could have played a lot more but for the constant injuries.

Nehra made his latest India comeback for the ongoing T20 series against Australia but did not get a look-in in the first two games.

He came into the series with the mindset of playing all matches but soon realised that the younger crop was fully ready to shoulder the responsibility.

"When I came into the series, I came prepared to play all games. I spoke to the captain (Virat Kohli) and coach (Ravi Shastri) straightaway. My thinking is that I should be in the XI if I am available. If you see, I have played in all the T20 games in the past two years so I told my plans to them (team management)," said the Delhi veteran.

Nehra said it was not a decision he made overnight and reached the conclusion after seeing the young pacers do well. "Bhuvneshwar is ready (to shoulder the responsibility) with the way he is bowling. Earlier, Bumrah and I were playing but now Bhuvi is doing well. And there is also no big event lined up in the next 5-6 months. I put my point of view and they all respect my decision," said Nehra.
 

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