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The fast bowler of Indian Cricket team Ashish Nehra would be retiring on November 1 after the T20I match against New Zealand. He has informed Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri about his retirement. However, the speculations are made that he decided to retire because he was not picked in the first T20 against Australia. While speaking to media Nehra said, “It's my own decision. Match on Nov 1 is in Delhi. There's no bigger thing than to retire in your hometown.”
Nehra has served the country for so many years and it seems that it is the right decision for him to retire. Nehra said in the interview that, "The only one thing that I'm not happy is my body. I can play for another couple of years but it isn’t easy for a fast bowler at 38-39, especially considering the state of my body. But I am just trying my level best”
The interesting part of the story is that Kuldeep Yadav was just 4 years old when Nehra made his test debut. Axar Patel and Jasprit Bumrah were both 5. The fast bowler made his debut on Feb 24, 1999, before the present chairman of selectors MSK Prasad who debuted on Oct 1999.
The pacer was India’s 420th test player. All these stats say a lot about his experience and we hope that he will help the Indian team in future as well when required. The 18 years journey with Indian team will come to end at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla. However, the journey for Nehra was not that easy as he has recovered from almost 12 surgeries throughout his career. He has been a mentor for many fast bowlers in the Indian team. We have also seen him sharing strategies with Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
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Author - Amit Singh
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