Once given award to young Virat Kohli and now retiring under his captaincy

13 October, 2017

Ashish Nehra, the 38-year-old Indian pacer recently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He will bow out from the international scene after the first Twenty20 International against New Zealand which is set to be played at his home ground at the Feroz Shah Kotla on November 1.

Ashish Nehra is retiring under the captaincy of Virat Kohli whom he has given the award in his childhood days. It is seem interesting as to whom he has given award when he was a child and now playing under his captaincy and now retiring as well.

Nehra made his international debut in 1999 in the longest format of the game. However, it was in the 50-over format that he found success. He had a tremendous 2003 World Cup in South Africa, where India eventually ended as the runners-up. His spell of 6 for 23 against England in that competition remains his best figures in One-Day Internationals and also the best-ever by an Indian bowler in a World Cup game.

Knee and back injuries forced Nehra out of the international arena for close to four years. He made a comeback to the national team in the shorter format and the pacer was selected for the 2011 World Cup in India. He was a key member of the team that was eventually crowned champions, albeit a finger injury ruling him out of the final. Nehra never played an ODI for India after that.

Nehra was bought by Chennai Super Kings in the 2014 IPL auction. He had two good seasons for that franchise and the selectors recalled him for the T20Is against Australia in January 2016. He continued to be part of Indian squad in the shortest format and was also a part of the 20-20 World cup which was held in India.

Now, Nehra has made a decision to retire from the International cricket and thereafter he will also not take part in the IPL.