Indian cricket fans get to see veteran pacer Ashish Nehra play only in the T20 format and the IPL. The 38 year old Nehra was selected as part of the T20 squad to play against Australia but did not feature in the first 2 T20 games. Nehra who represented India in all three formats focused on the shorter format of the game in recent years and became a valuable asset for the team as he was able to bowl take wickets with the new ball and then bowl economically at the death.
Nehra Will Say Goodbye At The Kotla
Although Nehra is at the end of his career, his sudden retirement comes as a surprise. The pacer announced that he would like to play his final match at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi which is his home ground. This will be India’s first T20 against New Zealand and it is highly likely that the selectors will give the opportunity to play and say farewell at the Kotla.
Nehra made his debut back in 1999 when Mohammed Azharuddin was captain. In a career spanning 17 years, he played 17 tests taking 44 wickets, 120 ODIs taking 157 wickets and 26 T20 games for the country taking 34 wickets. His career was hampered by injuries which often kept him out of the side and made it difficult for him to bowl at full pace. He was particularly dangerous in conditions where the ball would swing but played second fiddle to the likes of Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan.
Nehra Happy To Give Youngsters A Chance
One of the main reasons why Nehra decided to retire was because the Indian team has now found reliable T20 bowlers in the likes of B Kumar and J Bumrah. They also have backup seamers in M Shami, U Yadav and J Unadkat who hardly get an opportunity to play in the shorter format as Nehra was first choice due to his experience. He wanted to retire in order to give the younger generation a chance at gaining experience in the shorter format before the next T20 world cup.
The other reason why Nehra decided to retire in 2017 was because the ICC has not scheduled a T20 world cup in 2018 which means that Nehra will get very little opportunity to play and it will be difficult for him to stay match fit at 38. He has also confirmed that he will retire from IPL and not play the next season.