Decision My Own, Wanted to Retire in Hometown: Ashish Nehra

Faith Castro
October 13, 2017

Nehra also confirmed that he won't be playing in the Indian Premier League. I am retiring in November; I've five months to prepare for IPL like I said I could have easily played another year of worldwide cricket also but that's my decision.

Nehra, who made his India debut back in 1999 under Mohammad Azharuddin, represented the country in 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20Is. "So many people will play one or two years of IPL (after retiring from worldwide cricket)".

Ashish Nehra was recently named in the Indian team for the ongoing T20I series against Australia.

He came into the series with the mindset of playing all matches but soon realised that the younger crop was fully ready to shoulder the responsibility. Nehra intimated his decision to chief coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli and told the team management that it is only fair that performing juniors get the chance.

"My thinking is that I should be in the XI if I am available. Since India play their next T20 in Delhi, Nehra prefers to play that match", the official further added. And there is also no big event lined up in the next 5-6 months. They asked me that I can play for one more year in IPL.

"The most important thing is what the dressing room thinks about me".

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"The only one thing that I'm not happy is my body".

"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. His performance in the other matches in the World Cup were also noteworthy.

The left-arm pacer was also part of the Indian team that lifted the ICC World Cup 2011 trophy. Sadly, Nehra's last ODI was in the semi-final against Pakistan before injury once again saw him miss out on the finals.

Nehra, who was included in the T20 squad to take on Australia, announced his stepping away from global cricket on October 11. "And that this is the right time for me to go". But the process of coming back has made me mentally strong and I know it will help me prosper in future as well.

Earlier, Nehra was quoted as saying that he wants to play for another two years, but now it seems that that is not going to happen. Nehra said his ability to bounce back from injuries made a difference to his life off the field as well. "Like I said, I put my point of view to them", he said. His last T20I was against England in February this year. For me, it is not how you start, it is how you finish. But I am not a person who would change decisions.

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