Ashish Nehra to retire from Cricket
Ashish Nehra will now end his 18-year international career with the T20 against New Zealand on November 1 at his home ground, the Feroz Shah Kotla. Nehra was one of the few remaining active internationals among those who began their career in the 1990s. He is also set to retire from domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League, which played a key role in paving the way for his international comeback in 2016.
Nehra made his international debut in a Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo in February 1999, and for a few years was a consistent presence in India’s limited-overs line-ups. He was a main part of India’s run to the final of the 2003 World Cup. His 6 for 23 against England in that event – even as he fought illness and vomited on the sidelines – remain the best figures by an Indian in World Cups.
Injuries before long affected. Between Sep 2005 and Gregorian calendar month 2009, Nehra failed to play one international match for Bharat, however came back within the lead-up to the 2011 tourney. Even in this tournament, he bust his finger whereas going for the catch of Pakistan’s last hope, Misbah-ul-Haq, within the semi-final. He lost the ultimate.
Nehra returned to domestic cricket for the 2011-12 season and continued to play for Delhi and zonal teams in first-class and List A competitions, while also playing the IPL. He turned out for four franchises between 2012 and 2016: Pune Warriors, Delhi Daredevils, Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad. His greatest season came with Super Kings in 2015, when he picked up 22 wickets to finish among the top five wicket-takers in that season. That performance went some way towards his selection for the T20Is in Australia in January 2016, and the World T20 thereafter.