Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

It's my own decision, says Ashish Nehra on retirement

It's my own decision, says Ashish Nehra on retirement

Before signing off, Nehra refused to compare the captains he played under, from Azharuddin to Virat Kohli.

Nehra is now part of three-match T20I series against Australia but he didn't feature in the first two matches.

While Nehra's career will be remembered for being ridden with injuries, he also gained a reputation for making stirring comebacks out of nowhere.

Veteran Indian pacer Ashish Nehra today announced that he will retire from global cricket after the opening T20 against New Zealand at his home ground of Delhi on November 1, ending a prolific but injury- plagued career. He will end his 18-year global career with the T20I against New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla, his home ground, on November 1.

Nehra revealed a few things in the pre-match press conference putting an end to the speculations.

Nehra stated that he had a word with the Indian cricket team management and also with MSK Prasad - chairman of the selection committee, about his decision.

Editorial team of CricketCountry. "If they ask me to play in the XI, I'm available", he said. "When I came in this time, I had straightway told the captain and coach about my plans and about my thought process and they respected my decision", he said.

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"I was always mentally strong and whenever I used to train, I always used to play for India", Nehra said about his retirement from the Indian Premier League as well. 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. "I always trained to play for India". "Then he said you can play in the IPL".

On the eve of the third T20I against Australia in Hyderabad, India speedster Ashish Nehra confirmed his decision to retire from global cricket.

"But that's my decision". Once I leave, I'll leave.

"When I came into the series, I was prepared to play".

"It is always better to retire when people are saying why rather than why not". Once I've decided something then it's final, there is no going back on that.

"I feel this is the way forward". "Like I said, I put my point of view to them", he said. 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.

He was part of the Indian squad which won the 2011 Cricket World Cup at home. Battling it out in the middle of the cricket ground and also off it as he struggled to overcome injuries, Nehra has valiantly fought on in his quest to continue playing for the country.

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