In­dia’s NEHRA to quit in­ter­na­tion­als, IPL

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NEW DELHI: Indian fast bowler Ashish Nehra on Thurs­day an­nounced his re­tire­ment from in­ter­na­tional cricket and the Indian Premier League on Thurs­day after an in­jury-plagued ca­reer.

Nehra, 38, who is part of In­dia’s Twenty20 squad in the on­go­ing se­ries against Aus­tralia, will bow out after the first T20 against New Zealand on Novem­ber 1 at his home ground in New Delhi.

Nehra, who has suf­fered a se­ries of in­jury prob­lems and last played for In­dia in Fe­bru­ary, said he wanted to go out on top and in front of his home fans.

“It is al­ways good to re­tire when peo­ple are ask­ing why, rather than why not,” he told re­porters in Hy­der­abad ahead of the third T20 WELLING­TON: New Zealand coach Mike Hes­son said on Thurs­day his play­ers need to hit the ground run­ning in In­dia if they want to chal­lenge the world’s top-ranked oneof your home fans where I played my day in­ter­na­tional team on their home turf.firstRan­jiTro­phygame20yearsago,” he added. New Zealand, rated fifth in the

In­dia will host New Zealand for world, play the first of three onethree one-day in­ter­na­tion­als and three day­ers against In­dia in Mum­bai on T20 matches start­ing Oc­to­ber 22. Oc­to­ber 22.

The left-arm quick has col­lected Hes­son said the Vi­rat Kohli-led 157 ODI wick­ets plus 44 Test and 34 In­di­ans showed their po­tency in T20 scalps dur­ing his 18-year ca­reer, the re­cent 4-1 ODI se­ries win over since mak­ing his de­but in the five-day Aus­tralia. for­mat in 1999. “Look, their record at home has

The Delhi na­tive was a vi­tal part of been phe­nom­e­nal in the last two or In­dia’s 2003 World Cup cam­paign in three years,” he told re­porters as the South Africa, where the team ended team de­parted New Zealand. up as run­ners-up to Aus­tralia. “You know go­ing over there that

He is best re­mem­bered for his you have to per­form, oth­er­wise you fig­ures of 6-23 against Eng­land get taught a pretty harsh les­son. at Dur­ban dur­ing the 50-over It’s im­por­tant for us to adapt really tour­na­ment. Nehra was also a part of quickly.” the 2011 World Cup-win­ning squad. Hes­son trav­els to In­dia with a core

of nine play­ers, in­clud­ing cap­tain Kane against Aus­tralia on Fri­day.

“I have spo­ken to the team man­age­ment as well as the chairman of se­lec­tion com­mit­tee. It can’t get big­ger than get­ting to re­tire in front

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