In past few months we have seen a lot of players coming back to play for their country and a number of players leaving their captain’s role and some getting retired. The date 1st of November will embark the farewell of our favourite Ashish Nehra aka Nehra Ji. Nehra Ji will be playing his last International game on his home ground, where his journey actually started. Ashish Nehra debuted for India at the age of 19 and played his first International game under Mohammad Azharuddin and interestingly he has played under 6 captain’s. He played his first Test against Srilanka in 1999 and played his first ODI against Zimbabwe in 2001 and played his first T-20 also against Srilanka in 2009. Ashish Nehra is a left arm medium fast bowler and Right hand batsman, he has taken around 235 wickets in international format and is one of the most successful bowler in IPL, he has taken 106 wickets in 88 matches with a average of 23.54 and a economy of 7.85 with a best of 4 for 10. Talking about his batting, he has the ability to hit sixes but has not justified his ability on international platform. Ashish Nehra aged 38 is one of the oldest player in the history to play international cricket. But his career has been a injury prone, he has got operated 12 times in his career till now, in a recent interview with Gaurav Kapur, Nehra ji disclosed that whenever he was on peak of his career he got injuries which is very dis-heartening and he also talked about his injury in the semi-final clash against Pakistan in 2011 WC which eventually stopped him from featuring in finals. So, after injury, he never came back till 2016 and suddenly he made a come back in Indian Team for T-20’s against Australia in Australia just before the Asia cup and World T-20 2016. He played a very crucial role in India’s victory in both Australia T-20’s and Asia Cup and played a dominating role in India’s semi-final journey in World T-20. After that he played a crucial role before getting injured in IPL title victory for Sunriser’s Hyderabad. He came back into Indian team for the T-20’s against Australia in 2017 but wasn’t able to make in to the playing eleven. On 12th October, 2017 Ashish Nehra announced his retirement from all forms of the game, which means he won’t playing IPL from next season. One of his memorable spells in international cricket came against England in 2003 WC in which he took 6 wickets for 23 odd runs. He was the part of memorable 2003 WC campaign of India. Interestingly Nehra Ji is not on social media and he said in a interview that he dont want to publicise his life and he also said the possibility of finding him on social media is 0%.
Talking about the match, it will be played at iconic Firoz Shah Kotla Cricket Ground, Delhi at 6:00 PM and the match will also embark opening of Gate named in honour of Virendar Sehwag. The pitch usually here is slow and becomes difficult to bat as the game goes on but dew will play a important role in the game.
India’s Likely Playing XI:
Rohit, Dhawan, Virat(C), Dhoni(wk), KL.Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ashish Nehra, Bumrah, chahal, kuldeep
Nehra Ji thanks for entertaining us for long 18 years and we wish you a wonderful life post retirement and we hope to see you again soon on the field in a different role. #ThankYouNehraJi