Veteran Indian fast bowler Ashish Nehra is all set to bring down curtains on his illustrious career after playing his final international match on November 1. The 1st ODI of the three-match series against New Zealand will be his final international match, and the left-arm seamer will be eager to come up with the goods in his final international match.
Nehra is the only current player in the world who started playing international cricket before the year 2000. The left-arm pacer made his Test debut in 1999 followed by his ODI debut a couple of years later. In the 2003 ICC World Cup, Nehra was at his imperious best and returned with a sensational six-wicket haul against England in a Super Six clash.
The fast bowler has made inspirational comebacks in his career. After missing the 2007 World Cup, Nehra forced his way back into the team in the 2009 Champions Trophy and played an integral part in India’s triumphant World Cup campaign in 2011. Nehra missed the final of the tournament due to a broken hand but bowled brilliantly in India’s victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in the Semi Final.
He is not the fittest cricketer around especially after suffering a series of injuries during his career, but as far as T20 cricket is concerned, he is an asset to the team even today.
However, the exceptional form of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has prevented Nehra from taking part in the ongoing T20I series against Australia.
He was part of the Indian squad which lost the Semifinal to West Indies in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20. Nehra was also a part of the squad for the limited overs series against England in the year. The left-arm pacer bowled brilliantly in the 2nd T20I which helped India keep the series alive and eventually went on to win the series by a 2-1 margin