Decision My Own, Wanted to Retire in Hometown: Ashish Nehra

Ashish Nehra Announces Retirement From International Cricket To Play Last Match At Home Ground

The 38-year-old has been plagued by injuries and last played for India in February. The injury-induced breaks have lasted for four and five years, but Nehra has somehow managed to move past them and take the field again - a bounceback-ability he appears to be proud of.

Thus, the team management should seriously consider accepting his request, come the T20 match in Delhi, since this long-serving member of the Indian team deserves to go out with a smile. I have given it a good thought.

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. It's good that people still think I can play.

"A lot of people are asking me why I was retiring from the IPL, that I could easily play IPL. So I think it is the right time and my decision has been welcomed by all concerned", Nehra signed off. Last 2-3 years has been a great journey.

"I feel Bhuvneshwar [Kumar] is ready, the way he has been bowling. It was a tough decision for me, but they all respect my decision".

Asked if he would be part of the IPL, Nehra said: "If I have decided something, there is no going back".

Nehra's career has been constantly riddled with lengthy injury lay-offs - highs have often been followed by agonising lows that resigned the pacer to the doctor's table.

"I feel he really did well". "When you are always on top, you don't know how to come back up after a failure". "People say "you have had 11-12 surgeries, so how can you continue". When you make a century or take a five-for, everyone is with you but your character comes when you are not doing well and bounce back from it. It has made a difference even in my normal life, apart from my cricketing life. But when I train day in and day out, I train to play for India. I was still playing IPL regularly.

"It [last two years] has been great".

"The most important thing is what the dressing room thinks about me".

"People will remember you if you do well for national team but for me there have moments in domestic cricket and the IPL that I will cherish forever". "When you are playing cricket, every day is a memory", he said. "I have spoken to the team management as well as the chairman of the selection committee", Nehra told the media. But for me those are not the only memories. I will always go thinking that I must be doing something good so that captain asks me to bowl the last over. According to a senior BCCI official privy to the development, the 38-year-old intimated his decision to head coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli.

At 36, when most fast bowlers mull post-retirement plans, Nehra strived to understand his body better, work out accordingly and stake claim for return to India squad.

On a lighter note, Nehra said that he has made plans only till November 1, when he will say goodbye to the game, though he is open to coaching roles in the future.

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