Nehra announces he will retire on November 1

Ashish Nehra India vs Australia

Ashish Nehra and Jasprit

It is a three-match series and Nehra will play in only the opening contest.

The 38-year-old pacer, who made his worldwide debut in December 1999 against Sri Lanka, was picked for Friday's third T20I match against Australia.

Today (October 11), a "Press Trust of India" report said Nehra had informed captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri that he will retire on November 1 (Wednesday) after India-New Zealand T20I game in Delhi. "But he feels, it's the right time to move on", a senior BCCI official told PTI. "Always good to retire when people ask why instead of why not", he continued. "Nehra has requested for one last match at his home ground and wants to go out on a high", the official had said.

Nehra, who was playing for the Indian Premier League side Sunrisers Hyderabad till last season, also made it clear that he will not the IPL.

"But I train only to play for India and once I retire from worldwide cricket, I will not play in the IPL as well", the left-armer said. Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been in great form in limited over formats of the game recently and that because of that, Nehra has been warming the bench.

Nehra was recently picked for the three-match T20 worldwide series against Australia but everyone was surprised when he did not figure in the playing XI for the first two matches.

The left-arm speedster, who is now with the Virat Kohli-led Indian side, announced his decision here during the pre-match press conference.

Nehra made his global debut way back in 1999, in a Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo. He has played 17 Tests (44 wickets), 120 ODIs (157 wickets) and 26 T20Is (34 wickets).

In his 18 year long career, Nehra has been a part of two International World Cups; 2003 and 2011. However, Nehra couldn't take part in the final due to a fractured finger.

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