ASHISH NEHRA has confirmed that he will play his final game in India's first T20 against New Zealand, at his home ground - Feroz Shah Kotla on November 1.
That game will bring an end to his 18-year lengthy career. The India veteran mentioned that he played his first Ranji Trophy at the venue and that he believes that it is the right time to hang his boots. As reported by IndianExpress, he conceded,
“I’ve spoken to the team management and the chairman selection committee and it can’t get bigger than playing your last at the same venue where I played my first Ranji Trophy game 20 years back. It’s always good to retire when people are asking ‘Why’ rather than ‘Why Not?’ I always wanted to retire on a high. Can’t get bigger than playing in Delhi and retiring there. It is a way forward and there is no bigger tournament coming. The way Bhuvneshwar Kumar is bowling, it was me and Jasprit Bumrah bowling. This meant either Bhuvi or Mohammed Shami sat out. Now I think it is the right time and they’ve welcomed my decision.”
Nehra, who made his debut under the captaincy of Mohammed Azharuddin in 1999, also mentioned that he won't be playing in the IPL.
“I was always mentally strong. Whenever I was training, I was training to play for India. I am that sort of a person that I train day in, day out just to play for India. I know that I am retiring in November, there are five months and I can easily play the IPL or I could have played another year of international cricket also. But that’s my decision, once I leave, I will leave. I won’t even play the IPL."
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