Left-arm quick bowler Ashish Nehra has called it quits from the international game. He is all set to retire from all formats of the game after the first T20 game against New Zealand. The game is set to be played at his home ground at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on 1st November.
Nehra made his debut for India in Test cricket in 1999. He also later represented India in the limited overs format and had a fantastic 2003 World Cup in which India came up runners to Australia. The left-arm bowler also produced a match-winning performance for India against England at Kingsmead, Durban to finish with 6 for 23 and also go down as best performance by Indian bowler in a Cricket World Cup.
Ashish Nehra had suffered from a lot of injuries during his playing career. He was forced to sit out of the international game for almost four years due to back and knee injuries. Nehra remained persistent and eventually made a comeback into the side for 2011 World Cup staged in India. He played the semifinal game against Pakistan at Mohali but unfortunately had to sit on the sidelines for the finals after suffering from a finger injury. Nehra made his last 50-over appearance for India in that World Cup.
Chennai Super Kings brought in Nehra for 2014 Indian Premier League auction. He had good run with the franchise as he earned a recall to the T20 squad for India for the series in Australia in 2016. He did well and was retained in the lineup and also was premier bowler for India in the 2016 T20 World Cup played at home. He last represented India against England in the T20 series played in January 2017. He was dropped for the series against West Indies and then Sri Lanka.
He was recalled into the squad for the series against Australia. Nehra also will not play Indian Premier League bringing an end to 19-year playing career.