Nehra's farewell with India's Iconic victory at Delhi ground

 . Last updated on November 2, 2017, 3:47 PM
Nehra's farewell with India's Iconic victory at Delhi ground
Ashish Nehra retires from all forms of cricket at the age of 39.


Ashish Nehra, the 38 years old fast bowler played his last international cricket match of his career. The match at Firoz Shah Kotla, Delhi, will be always remembered for not only India's first T20 victory against New Zealand, but also the match that Ashish Nehra concluded his long career as a cricketer. The retirement match of the player has a great significance. He became one of only a handful of prominent cricketers who retired on their own terms with a complete freedom to choose their last match.

Paceman Nehra was happy to conclude his career on his home ground. He said he was lucky to receive the honor. He further added that he is not leaving with the permission of selectors. Previously, MSK Prasad remarked that Nehra was communicated along with the team management about his inclusion in the first match of the series.

Nehra has aligned himself with players like Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and, MS Dhoni, who exited Test format without any prior indication. In this context, it is worth mentioning that several top cricketers of India like Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid had their concluding matches as per the selectors of the board. Nehra was the highest wicket taker of India in the limited formats of the game for three consecutive years starting from 2009 to 2011. His cricketing career was slackened with injury rather than low form, in contrast to many other players. The fast bowler was away from the international squad for long stretches of consecutive seasons due to fitness issues.

After the victorious T20, Nehra was presented a memento and the Delhi End Gate of Firoze Shah Kotla Stadium was named as Ashish Nehra Gate, temporarily. The stadium authorities also provided a separate sitting arrangement for guest arriving to commemorate Nehra's last match. They include his parents, his coach, Tarak Sinha. Also, former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi and several former players were present in match. Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, Ajay Jadeja and Rajat Bhatia arrived to watch Nehra's play.

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