He bowled a full toss as his last ever delivery, which Ish Sodhi missed. The crowd were stunned for a while, a huge round of applause followed afterwards. visibly emotional Ashish Nehra held his tears and smiled as India sealed a 53-run win in the first of three T20Is against New Zealand. After a lap of honor, Nehra was asked whether the decision to retire was entirely his. Nehra answered in the positive & denied rukots thay he was only being considered for the New Zealand series by the selectors.
Nehra said, “I heard this. I don’t know. The chairman of selection committee (Prasad) hasn’t spoken to me about this. You have asked me this question and I can only tell you about my interaction with the team management. When I reached Ranchi, I told Virat about my plan and his first reaction was, ‘Are you sure? Or you can still play IPL, as coach-cum-player’. I said no, I am retiring completely.”
Nehra fittingly bid adieu to cricket in his hometown of Delhi. After the match, Nehra said that he never wanted a farewell himself: “Luckily this game happened to be in Delhi. I didn’t ask for a farewell game or anything. This is perhaps one way that God rewarded me for all the hard work I have put in over the last 8-9 years. Virat and coach Ravi Shastri are part of team management — those are the people I spoke to. I have not spoken to any selector over this issue.”
Lastly, Nehra said that he didn’t want to play at the expense of the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar: “When I started playing cricket, I didn’t take any selector’s permission. When I am leaving, I am not leaving with their permission. Lot of people have been saying that Ashish Nehra didn’t play in the XI against Australia. When I went there, I went with a plan. It was during IPL 2017 that I felt Bhuvneshwar Kumar was ready. His form went up and down until this year’s IPL. But after it, I felt that this is the way forward, that as a bowler I would not like to keep playing at the expense of Bhuvi”.
Nehra has retired from all forms of the game, including franchise cricket.