New Delhi, October 12: Indian Veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra has decided to retire from competitive cricket after the first T20 International against New Zealand at his home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla, on November 1.
Speaking to the media ahead of the third T20I between India and Australia in Hyderabad, Nehra said: "It's my own decision. Match on Nov 1 is in Delhi. There's no bigger thing than to retire in your hometown."
"When I was selected for this series, I informed Virat (Kohli) and coach (Ravi) Shastri that I think Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and (Jasprit) Bumrah are doing really well. And that this is the right time for me to go." he added.
The 38-year-old, who made his international (Test) debut against Sri Lanka in 1999, has taken 44, 157 and 34 wickets in Tests, ODIs and T20s respectively. The Delhi speedster was part of the World Cup winning squad in 2011.
Nehra, who recently made a comeback into the Indian T20 squad for the ongoing series against Australia, didn’t find a place in the playing eleven in the first two matches.