Nehra to retire from all forms of cricket

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By 2017-10-13

Ashish Nehra will end his 18-year international career with the T20I against New Zealand on 1 November at his home ground, the Feroz Shah Kotla. The 38-year-old Nehra was one of the few remaining active internationals among those who began their career in the 1990s. He is also set to retire from domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League, which played a key role in paving the way for his international comeback in 2016.

Throughout his career, Nehra had to fight injuries. It was a marvel he played as long as he did after 12 surgeries and many other small setbacks. He often jokes that the injuries aren't on his body, but that his body is stuck somewhere among the injuries.

Nehra's many comebacks and his awareness of his body is spoken of as an example by his contemporaries. Despite all the injury, he made comebacks at important junctures: he was a World Cup winner in 2011 and led India's attack to the semi-finals of the World T20 in 2016.

Nehra made his international debut in a Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo in February 1999, and for a few years was a consistent presence in India's limited-overs line-ups. He was a critical part of India's run to the final of the 2003 World Cup. His 6 for 23 against England in that event - even as he fought illness and vomited on the sidelines - remain the best figures by an Indian in World Cups.

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