Even as Ashish Nehra stunned cricket fans with his decision to retire from global cricket after the game against New Zealand at the Ferozeshah Kotla in the Capital on November 1, many asked him to play a few more seasons of the cash-rich Indian Premier League. "I played my first Ranji Trophy here match 20 years back", Nehra told the reporters.
Nehra, 38, who is part of India's Twenty20 squad in the ongoing series against Australia, will bow out after the first T20 against New Zealand on Nov.1 at his home ground in New Delhi.
The left-arm pacer, who made his India debut back in 1999 under Mohammad Azharuddin, represented the country in 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20Is.
The veteran left-arm seamer has made quite a name for himself, had made it known on Wednesday that he would retire on November 1, when India take on New Zealand at Delhi (hometown) in a T20 global.
"I have spoken to the team management as well the chairman of selection committee that the game against New Zealand has come in Delhi. I won't even play IPL". "Since India play their next T20 in Delhi, Nehra prefers to play that match", the official further added. "I'm really lucky, it can't get bigger than getting to retire in front of your home crowd", said Nehra. But when I train day in and day out, I train to play for India.
"There will be a gap of five months between the next edition of IPL and November. I could even play another year of global cricket", he added.
Asked to pick his fondest memory on the field, Nehra said: "People remember moments, like the six wickets against England, or the last over in Karachi everyday is a memory for me". It is always good to retire when people say "why", not "why not". Nehra was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad. "I always wanted to retire on a high", Nehra stressed. Also, the way Bhuvneshwar (Kumar) has been bowling, there have been times when I and Jaspreet Bumrah have played while Bhuvi and (Mohd) Shami have sat out. "But he feels it's the right time to move on". One thought that he would like to continue till the home season against Sri Lanka.