The 38-year old Indian pacer Ashish Nehra still looks youthful and as enthusiast as he used to be 18 years backs when he made debut for the team India back in 1999. Yes, the 18 year long career of the left arm pacer and the eye opening thing is he hasn’t collectively even played 200 games for India (ODIs, T20s, and Tests).
Keeping all this away for a while, the buzz around tells that Nehra is all set to retire from all formats of the game with playing his final game against New Zealand in Delhi next month. It will be pertinent to mention here that cricket fraternity raised questions over Nehra’s inclusion in squad for ongoing T20 series against Australia. Those putting questions were of the view that the left arm pacer ageing around 39 isn’t that fit to represent the national side.
Meanwhile, one can’t forget Nehra’s contribution as T20 specialist for India in last couple of years. Those aren’t aware of Nehra Ji’s last representation of Blue Shirts in other formats of the game, need to know that the left quickie played his last Test match back in 2004, and when its about ODI’s he last donned Blue Shirt in 2011.
As things are rapidly changing for team India and selectors strong check and scrutiny about the fitness of the cricketers have made many start players stand out of the team. But even these circumstances, Nehra’s inclusion in the team came as a surprise. Keeping all this in view, one can saw coming an end to the star footballers career anytime sooner.
But before Blue Shirts pacer could have his say reports are out that finally he is all set to bid adieu to the Indian cricket team. Furthermore, it is also reported that he’ll be retiring after playing his last game against Black Caps next month in Delhi.
The point to ponder is in one of his latest talks during the online show ‘Breakfast With Champions’ hosted by Gaurav Kapur, Ashish Nehra showed his desire of playing until 40. And when ask about the motivation factor behind doing this much in this age, he replied. representing Indian cricket team is the biggest motivation for him.
The recent released episode of this show went viral across and the bets thing to happen was Virat Kohli also decided to be part of the show after watching Nehra Ji’s episode at ‘Breakfast with Champions’.
The Indian Cricket team captain himself revealed that he enjoyed the Ashish Nehra’s epiosde at the show and that is when he decided to do one myself.
Here’s the video of Ashsih Nehra talking about his retirement plan: