Ashish Nehra sets sights on dream farewell in hometown Delhi

Ashish Nehra sets sights on dream farewell in hometown Delhi

Veteran Team India pacer Ashish Nehra is set to retire from all forms of cricket next month.

The 38-year-old Nehra was a surprise pick in the Indian team for the ongoing Twenty20 worldwide series against Australia. Can't get bigger than playing in Delhi and retiring there. The 38-year-old is said to have communicated his desire to both the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli as well as the head coach, Ravi Shastri.

"Had there not been a match at Kotla next month, Ashish would have retired after playing the third T20 global [of the ongoing series against Australia] at Hyderabad on October 13", the official said.

Veteran India pacer Ashish Nehra on Thursday said he will call an end to his cricket career after the first Twenty20 global (T20I) against New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on November 1.

"Obviously, there is some element of surprise. And that this is the right time for me to go".

The likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have said they owe a lot of their skills to Nehra's advice and he is well respected in the dressing-room.

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.

The official intimated that Nehra would have called it quits after the third T20I in Australia but for there being a match at his home ground so soon afterwards.

The left-arm speedster, who is now with the Virat Kohli-led Indian side, announced his decision here during the pre-match press conference. He then played for the Delhi Daredevils, the Chennai Super Kings and the Sunrisers Hyderabad in subsequent editions. He has picked 44 Test wickets, besides 157 ODI and 34 T20 scalps.

Part of the 2011 World Cup winning squad, Nehra injured himself in the semi-finals of the tournament against Pakistan, and was not part of the playing XI in the finals.

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