Indian pacer Ashish Nehra whose inclusion in Indian squad for ongoing T20 series against India had taken everyone by surprise, is likely to draw curtains on his career soon. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the cricketer is likely to announce retirement during either the ongoing series, or the upcoming series against New Zealand. If the cricketer waits till the next series to announce his retirement, he is likely to get a chance to bid farewell to the game in front of his home crowd in Delhi. Men in Blue will take on Kiwis in a T20 encounter on November 1.
38-year-old Ashish Nehra’s presence had come as a surprise when BCCI had announce the squad for the T20 series against Kangaroos. Prior to current series, Nehra had last made an appearance in a T20 match against England in February last year. Facing severe backlash for Nehra’s inclusion, BCCI had then clarified that Nehra’s form had never ruled him out of the team, his fitness issues did. “Ashish Nehra played the last full T20 series against England earlier this year. He was in contention to play Champions Trophy but an injury during IPL put paid to his hopes. India’s last two T20s were one off games against West Indies and Sri Lanka, so Ashish wasn’t picked,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
“Ashish if fit was due for a comeback as and when there would have been a three match T20 series. There isn’t anyone craftier than Ashish and when it comes to his selection, it’s about fitness and not form. Check records, Ashish has never been dropped because of poor form,” the official had further said. If Ashish Nehra is indeed considering retirement, he must have realised it was hard to match the fitness standards set by team management for the players. All Indian fans will be hoping to see another magical spell of the pacer before he signs off.