India paceman Ashish Nehra is to retire from worldwide cricket after the opener of a three-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand on November 1 at his home ground in Delhi, local media have reported.
"It is my own decision, I have spoken to the team management as well as the chairman of selection committee".
The 38-year-old said he would retire after the first T20I against New Zealand, scheduled to be played at his home ground at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on November 1. "I always wanted to retire on a high", Nehra stressed. "If I retire, I won't even play the IPL", Nehra said. He was spotted bowling in the side nets before the Guwahati encounter, but couldn't find a place in the playing eleven. As I have said, there are no big (T20) tournaments coming. The Delhi pacer who last played in IPL-10 for Sunrisers Hyderabad also confirmed that he will not be playing in the cash-rich league but is open to take up mentoring tasks.
Asked to name the best captain he has played under, Nehra simply said: "I have played under so many and all of them had their different styles".
Nehra had made his debut in Indian cricket team during the Test series against Sri Lanka in 1999. In his prolonged journey, the veteran picked 157 ODI wickets for the country.
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Nehra is best remembered for his superb bowling spell against England at Durban in the 2003 ICC World Cup, where he picked six wickets for just 23 runs.
"It is good for me that people believe that I can still play".
"I feel this is the way forward". His body underwent as many as 12 surgeries but Nehra overcame all of them to play for India again.
"So I think it is the right time and my decision has been welcomed by all concerned". When you are always on top and suddenly you fall, you don't know how to come up again. "But I train only to play for India and once I retire from global cricket, I will not play in the IPL as well", the left-armer said. But the senior pro has made it clear that he trained to play for the country and not IPL."People say that I can play still play in IPL, but I always trained to play for India".
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