Retirement was a well-thought out decision: Ashish Nehra

Retirement was a well-thought out decision: Ashish Nehra

Indian left-handed batsman Suresh Raina has paid tribute to veteran pacer Ashish Nehra, who confirmed that he will bid adieu to all forms of cricket after the opening T20I of the three-match series against New Zealand in Hyderabad on November 1. He will end his 18-year worldwide career with the T20I against New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla, his home ground, on November 1.

Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin, Nehra's first captain when he made his debut in 1999, lauded his decision but believed that the left-arm pacer could have played more Tests in his career. The day I linked up with this squad, I spoke to the captain and coach about my plan because whenever Ashish Nehra is in the side he plays in the XI, he doesn't sit out. "I was always mentally strong. But I train only to play for India and once I retire from worldwide cricket, I will not play in the IPL as well", the left-armer said. "I feel this is the right time and my decision has been welcomed", he added. Whenever I used to train, I trained to play for India.

A month ago, Ashish Nehra had revealed on Breakfast with Champions that he will play his last global match at the age of 40. As I have said, there are no big (T20) tournaments coming.

This decision is an honest and timely one and in many ways reflects the nature of Nehra, who has always played the game with a smile on his face.

"For me the true measure of success is how many times you bounce back from failure", he said. "I always wanted to retire on a high".

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The Kotla T20 will give Nehra a chance to finish his injury-plagued career at his home ground. It was in this years IPL that Nehra reached the milestone. I won't even play IPL.

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Nehra is best remembered for his six for 23 against England at Durban in the 2003 World Cup, a match he played despite being unwell and frequently threw up in between his overs at the Kingsmead. But I am not a person who would change decisions. I realize that when I retire on November 1, there are five months before the next IPL and I could easily play.

"Last two-three years have been a great journey". In addition, he is not on social media.

"Cricket has taught me so much". "I have seen both ups and downs many times". I haven't decided yet. All options are open - be it coaching, mentoring or commentary. Lot of people told me that I can still IPL. So now, they all are saying I can easily play for another one to one and a half year.