Ashish Nehra, the 38-year-old Indian pacer, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on 12 October 2017. He will bow out from the international scene after the first Twenty20 International against New Zealand which is set to be played at his home ground at the Feroz Shah Kotla on November 1.
I have spoken to the team management as well as the chairman of selection committee. It can’t get bigger than getting to retire in front of your home crowd. Nehra made his international debut in 1999 in the longest format of the game. It was in the 50-over format that he found success. He had a tremendous 2003 World Cup in South Africa, where India eventually ended as the runners-up. His spell of 6 for 23 against England in that competition remains his best figures in One-Day Internationals and also the best-ever by an Indian bowler in a World Cup game.
Knee and back injuries forced Nehra out of the international arena for close to four years. He made a comeback to the national team in the shorter format and on the back of consistent performances, the pacer was selected for the 2011 World Cup in India. Nehra was bought by Chennai Super Kings in the 2014 IPL auction. He had two good seasons for that franchise and the selectors recalled him for the T20Is against Australia in January 2016.