Retirement was a well-thought out decision: Ashish Nehra

Ashish Nehra to retire from cricket after Delhi T20I against New Zealand Report

The day I linked up with this squad, I spoke to the captain and coach about my plan because whenever Ashish Nehra is in the side he plays in the XI, he doesn't sit out.

There is little denying the colossal amount of experience Nehra carries, and owing to this several IPL franchises, would be keen to rope him as a mentor or a bowling coach next season.

Veteran Indian pacer Ashish Nehra on Thursday chose 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".

After making his debut in an away Test against Sri Lanka cricket team in 1999, and then making innumerable comebacks to the national team following injuries, Ashish Nehra has chose to hang his boots at Delhi's Ferozeshah Kotla next month, after the T20I against New Zealand. Against all odds, the injury-prone pacer earned a spot back in the Indian team owing to his successful IPL stint.

Nehra revealed a few things in the pre-match press conference putting an end to the speculations. "I have spoken to the team management as well as the chairman of the selection committee", Nehra told the media.

"People will remember you if you do well for national team but for me there have moments in domestic cricket and the IPL that I will cherish forever". I won't even play IPL. When I was selected for this series, I informed Virat (Kohli) and coach (Ravi) Shastri that I think Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and (Jasprit) Bumrah are doing really well. Like I said, I could have played easily one more year of global cricket. I am that sort of a person I train day in and day out to play for India. I realize that when I retire on November 1, there are five months before the next IPL and I could easily play.

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.

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"But that's my decision".

"At times when I wake up, especially in the winter in Delhi, my knees are so sore, it is half an hour before I can even leave my bed and am able to walk", added Nehra.

"When I came into the series, I was prepared to play".

"It is always good to retire when people are asking why, rather than why not", he told reporters in Hyderabad ahead of the third T20 against Australia on Friday.

Heaping praise over Nehra, Raina insisted that the 38-year-old is the one player who always gives best advice and that he is still going strong at this age. "And that this is the way forward for me". As I have said, there are no big (T20) tournaments coming. So I think this is the right time [to retire] and I think people are welcoming it.

The left-arm pacer was also part of the Indian team that lifted the ICC World Cup 2011 trophy.

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