After much speculation, Indian pacer Ashish Nehra on Thursday announced retirement from all forms of cricket. The 38-year-old will be drawing curtains on his 18-year-old career after the first T20 match against New Zealand at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi. Nehra, who is part of ongoing series against Australia is yet to get a match. Nehra would not be featuring in domestic cricket or Indian Premier League (IPL) either from now onwards, which had helped in making his re-entry to the shortest format of the game.

“I’ve spoken to the team management and the chairman selection committee and it can’t get bigger than playing your last at the same venue where I played my first Ranji Trophy game 20 years back. It’s always good to retire when people are asking ‘Why’ rather than ‘Why Not?’ I always wanted to retire on a high. Can’t get bigger than playingin Delhi and retiring there. It is a way forward and there is no bigger tournament coming. The way Bhuvneshwar Kumar is bowling, it was me and Jasprit Bumrah bowling. This meant either Bhuvi or Mohammed Shami sat out. Now I think it is the right time and they’ve welcomed my decision,” Nehra said while announcing his retirement.

Nehra added that he feels it is right time for him to bid farewell to cricket and he would not be playing in IPL either.
“I was always mentally strong. Whenever I was training, I was training to play for India. I am that sort of a person that I train day in, day out just to play for India. I know that I am retiring in November, there are five months and I can easily play the IPL or I could have played another year of international cricket also. But that’s my decision, once I leave, I will leave. I won’t even play the IPL,” he added.