The match between India vs New Zeland T20I 2017 the end of the career of 18 years senior India pacer, Ashish Nehra. It was the last match for Nehra who ended his series of T20Is at his home venue in Feroz Shah Kotla. The pacer was recently recalled in the team but he has already informed the management and the team coach that he would like to take retirement after the T20I match against New Zeland on November 1.
The career graph of the pacer was lengthy but it was not continuous but to injuries, that too had affected his career path. As discussed with BCCI official it was already informed that the veteran pacer has spoken to skipper Virat Kohli and Coach Ravi Shastri about taking the decision for retirement although he has requested for one last match at his home ground.
Stated with his debut in 1999 under Mohammed Azharuddin Nehra played a total number of matches he played includes 17 test matches, 120 ODIs, and 26 T20Is with the gaps between due to injuries. The pacer at the last of the years was more focus to play T20I matches. Today he was bidding farewell at his home venue wrapping up his career and the end of the cricket journey.
The Delhi pacer was also part of ICC world Cup 2011 but was not part of the final match due to the fractured finger. As the end of the cricket match, it was on the air that some of the IPL franchises have talked with Nehra for becoming their team bowling coach/mentor for the IPL 2018 season, as he is the well-experienced player with vast knowledge of the game. It was also said that Nehra will continue to play 2 more years, but after his decision of retirement, it is not going to happen now.
At the end Nehra said. “The only one thing that I’m not happy is my body. I can play for another couple of years but it isn’t easy for a fast bowler at 38-39, especially considering the state of my body. But I am just trying my level best,”