Mumbai: When the Indian selectors announced the 15-man squad for the three T20I set to face Australia about a fortnight ago, one name that kept lingering on everyone’s lips was that of Ashish Nehra. Given the way other veterans such as Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and Amit Mishra were ousted from the team due to poor fitness standards, Nehra’s inclusion took everyone by surprise.
However, despite a 9-month return to international cricket, the veteran pacer is seriously considering calling off his career. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the Delhi cricketer may hang up his boots during the upcoming series against New Zealand if not in the ongoing series against the Aussies.
And it's easy to see why, as the Indian speedster plans on receiving a fitting farewell at home in Delhi. The Men in Blue are scheduled to play a T20I at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi on November 1 against New Zealand, presenting Nehra an opportunity for a ceremonious send-off back where it all started.
Matching the high fitness standards the Team India management has set for its players, the veteran pacer knows that 38 is not an age where you can still maintain speed and agility.
Going by the report, the player even decided to exclude himself from the opening T20I against Australia. However, it is likely that he is set to feature in the remaining games.
Nehra’s presence in the dugout still remains influential with his inputs and guidance to other young bowlers in the team....