Ashish Nehra set to retire from int'l cricket on Nov 1

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

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The Feroz Shah Kotla stadium hosts the first T20I of the series against the Black Caps on November 1. Nehra's also said to have taken the call while keeping in mind that young and effective pacers like Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar deserve to play more number of matches.

Veteran speedster Ashish Nehra has made a decision to retire from competitive cricket after the first T20 global against New Zealand at his home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla, on November 1.

India host New Zealand in a series of three T20 internationals starting next month, and curiously Nehra chose to hang his boots after the first game.

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Today (October 11), a "Press Trust of India" report said Nehra had informed captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri that he will retire on November 1 (Wednesday) after India-New Zealand T20I game in Delhi.

"Obviously, there is some element of surprise. Had there not been a match at Kotla next month, Ashish would have retired after playing the third T20 global at Hyderabad on October 13", the official added.

According to ESPNcricinfo, the 38-year-old is also set to retire from domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League (IPL), which played a key role in paving the way for his worldwide comeback in 2016.

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Nehra has played 17 Tests and 120 ODIs, while his tally of T20Is is at 26 with one match left in the Australia series. "But he feels, it's the right time to move on", the senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by PTI.

He had to fight injuries throughout his 18-year-old long career.

He is best remembered for his 6 for 23 against England at Durban in the 2003 World Cup, a match he played despite being unwell and frequently throwing up in between his overs.

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Part of the 2011 World Cup winning squad, Nehra injured himself in the semi-finals of the tournament against Pakistan, and was not part of the playing XI in the finals.

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