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It is always good to retire when people say why: Ashish Nehra

Nehra made his debut back in 1999.

By Anshuman Roy -

Ashish  Nehra has called time on his 19 year old career. (Getty)

Ashish Nehra has finally decided to call time on his 18 year long international career. He will play his last international match which will be a T20 game against New Zealand at his home ground in Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla.

"I have spoken to the team management as well as the chairman of the selection committee," Nehra told the media in Hyderabad, ahead of the 3rd T20 International against Australia, scheduled for Friday.

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"The game against New Zealand has come in in Delhi. It can't get any bigger than that, that you retire in front of your home crowd, where I played my first Ranji Trophy match 20 years back," he said.

"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.

"A lot of people are asking me why I was retiring from the IPL, that I could easily play IPL. But when I train day in and day out, I train to play for India.

"I realise that when I retire on November 1, there are five months before the next IPL and I could easily play. I could even play another year of international cricket," he said.

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"But that's my decision. Once I will leave, I will leave. I won't even play IPL," Nehra stressed.

"It is always good to retire when people say 'why', not 'why not'. I always wanted to retire on a high," the veteran seamer said.

"I feel this is the way forward. As I have said, there are no big (T20) tournaments coming. 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," concluded Nehra.

 

Anshuman Roy

Someone for whom Cricket is more than just a game.