Veteran India pace bowler Ashish Nehra is set to retire from international cricket and will bid adieu to the game in front of his home crowd. According to reports, the 38-year-old left-arm pacer will be playing his last match in India colours in the T20I against New Zealand at the Ferozeshah Kotla on November 1.
Despite being drafted into the T20 series against Australia, Nehra wasn't picked for the first two T20s and it will be interesting to see if skipper Virat Kohli gives him a go before his farewell match.
"He (Nehra) called the entire squad and said he is calling it quits from international cricket. That caught the entire team by surprise but he requested if he could play his last game at his home ground in Delhi," a source told TOI.
"The team was easing him into top-flight cricket. He has not played any cricket after getting injured in the last IPL. He said he would have retired after the third match against Australia in Hyderabad. Since India play their next T20 in Delhi, Nehra prefers to play that match," the official informed.
After being picked for the Indian team, Nehra had said that donning the India jersey is the biggest motivation for him.
"Come February, 2018, I will complete 19 years in international cricket. Save myself and Harbhajan Singh, I don't think there is any player, who made their debuts under Mohammed Azharuddin. There has to be some kind of motivation that keeps a sportsman going," said Nehra.
"And this stage of my career, I don't need to play for money. I have had 12 surgeries. Ask any sportsman, what it takes to recover from one and here I have been under the knife 12 times.
"Still in the morning, when I wake up, I am keen to go for training. That's the motivation."
But it seems, Nehra finally has taken a call on his injury-plagued career which spanned 18 years.