Nehra wanted to end on high

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Oct 2017 10:04:09


 

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.
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.


The left-arm fast bowler said he could have easily played international cricket for another year and also the next IPL.
“My thinking has always been that it is good to retire when people are asking why than why not. I always wanted to retire on a high.”