Nehra to re­tire from all forms of cricket

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

New Delhi, In­dia - Ashish Nehra will end his 18-year in­ter­na­tional ca­reer with the New Zealand T20I at his home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla, on Novem­ber 1.

The 38 year old Nehra was one of the few re­main­ing ac­tive in­ter­na­tion­als among those who started their ca­reer in the 1990s.

Through his ca­reer, Nehra had to fight in­juries. It was a marvel he played as long as he did af­ter 12 surg­eries and many other small set­backs.

He of­ten jokes that the in­juries aren't on his body; his body is stuck some­where in the in­juries.

Nehra's many come­backs and his aware­ness of his body is spo­ken of as an ex­am­ple by his con­tem­po­raries.

De­spite all the in­juries, he made come­backs to be a World Cup win­ner in 2011 and then to lead In­dia's at­tack all the way to the semi­fi­nal of the World T20 in 2016.

Nehra made his in­ter­na­tional de­but in a Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo in De­cem­ber 1999, and for a few years was a con­sis­tent pres­ence in In­dia's lim­ited-overs line-ups. He was a crit­i­cal part of In­dia's run to the fi­nal of the 2003 World Cup. His six for 23 against Eng­land in that event - even as he fought ill­ness and vom­ited on the side­lines - re­main the best fig­ures by an In­dian in World Cups.

In­juries soon struck. Be­tween Septem­ber 2005 and June 2009, for in­stance, Nehra did not play a sin­gle in­ter­na­tional match for In­dia, but grad­u­ally made a come­back in the lead-up to the 2011 World Cup.

Even in that tour­na­ment, he broke his fin­ger while go­ing for the catch of Pakistan's last hope, Mis­bah-ul-Haq, in the semi­fi­nal. He missed the fi­nal.

When fit, though, Nehra was con­sid­ered one of the smartest quicks to have played for In­dia. Along­side Za­heer Khan, Nehra was a men­tor for many a young quick.

Per­haps look­ing at the fast-bowl­ing strength In­dia has now - Nehra didn't find a place in the XI in the first two matches against Aus­tralia - Nehra de­cided it was time to give a well-de­served break to his tor­mented body.

Ashish Nehra

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