After Ashish Nehra Announces Retirement, Twitter Turns Emotional

Ashish Nehra India vs Australia

The 38-year-old pacer, who made his global debut in December 1999 against Sri Lanka, was picked for Friday's third T20I match against Australia.

Ashish Nehra confirmed on Thursday that he will be retiring from all forms of cricket after the first Twenty20 global between India and New Zealand at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla on November 1.

The 38-year-old intimated his decision to chief coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli.

"Ashish has told both Ravi and Virat that he does not want to continue beyond November 1", the official was quoted as saying.

After a few days of speculation, veteran India pacer Ashish Nehra has announced his retirement from all forms of the game here on Thursday.

The lanky pacer had been named in India's squad for the three match T20I series against Australia but so far has not featured in the first two games.

"Obviously, there is some element of surprise".

"He has played 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20Is for India, taking 235 global wickets. Nehra has requested for one last match at his home ground and wants to go out on a high", stated a BCCI official.

The Kotla T20 will give Nehra a chance to finish his injury-plagued career at his home ground. "Now I think it is the right time and they've welcomed my decision", he said.

Having reportedly made himself unavailable to play in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition next season, it is understood he is being tapped by several franchises to join their backroom staff as a bowling coach. He missed a part of the 2017 IPL for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, owing to a hamstring injury. He has played 17 Tests (44 wickets), 120 ODIs (157 wickets) and 26 T20Is (34 wickets).

Nehra, who took 235 wickets in 163 worldwide appearances, was an integral part of the 2011 World Cup-winning team, although he will also be remembered for his match-winning spell of 6-23 against England in the 2003 edition.

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