Ashish Nehra sets sights on dream farewell in hometown Delhi

Ashish Nehra

The Kotla T20I will give Nehra a chance to finish his injury-plagued career at his home ground

Nehra is now part of three-match T20I series against Australia but he didn't feature in the first two matches. The 38-year-old, who is part of the T20 squad for the ongoing Australia series, did not feature in the playing eleven in the first two T20I matches.

Ashish Nehra will bring the curtains down on his 18-year-old worldwide career on November 1 and left-arm seamer hoped it would end on a high in his hometown Delhi, where India and New Zealand will clash for the final T20 global. "But he feels, it's the right time to move on".

"It is always good to retire when people are asking why than why not", Nehra told reporters here.

"I always wanted to retire on a high".

The Kotla T20 will give Nehra a chance to finish his injury-plagued career at his home ground.

Indian cricketer Ashish Nehra.

"Had there not been a match at Kotla next month, Ashish would have retired after playing the third T20 worldwide [of the ongoing series against Australia] at Hyderabad on October 13", the official said. Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been in great form in limited over formats of the game recently and that because of that, Nehra has been warming the bench.

Nehra made his senior debut for India during the test series against Sri Lanka in 1999 and helped his country reach the 2003 World Cup final. He has played 17 Tests (44 wickets), 120 ODIs (157 wickets) and 26 T20Is (34 wickets).

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.

It is learnt that a few IPL franchises want Nehra as their bowling coach-cum-mentor as his expertise and knowledge with white ball is considered to be unparalleled. He then played for the Delhi Daredevils, the Chennai Super Kings and the Sunrisers Hyderabad in subsequent editions.

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