Even as Ashish Nehra stunned cricket fans with his decision to retire from global cricket after the game against New Zealand at the Ferozeshah Kotla in the Capital on November 1, many asked him to play a few more seasons of the cash-rich Indian Premier League. "So it can't get bigger than retiring in front of your home fans where I played my first Ranji Trophy game 20 years ago", said the pacer on the eve of the third and final T20 against Australia here on Friday.
Nehra had made his debut in Indian cricket team during the Test series against Sri Lanka in 1999.
The veteran left-arm seamer has made quite a name for himself, had made it known on Wednesday that he would retire on November 1, when India take on New Zealand at Delhi (hometown) in a T20 global.
"I have spoken to the team management as well as the chairman of the selection committee", Nehra was quoted as saying by NDTV. He has not played any cricket after getting injured in the last IPL. Nehra never played an ODI for India after that.
"There will be a gap of five months between the next edition of IPL and November".
Nehra, who will pen the final chapter of his worldwide career on his home ground, will also retire from domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League (IPL). I could even play another year of global cricket.
"I was always mentally strong and whenever I used to train, I always used to play for India". Once I will leave, I will leave. "I always wanted to retire on a high", Nehra stressed. "When I came into this series, I had come prepared to bowl. But yes I will always feel good about the fact that the captain always asked me to bowl the last over". I have given it a good thought, especially looking at the way Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are bowling.
Despite battling through numerous injuries and 12 surgeries during hiss career, that didn't stop the 38-year-old from winning the World Cup with India in 2011. "And that this is the right time for me to go", he added.
So, let us wish Ashish Nehra will spark one last time at his home ground playing for team India.