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The Indian fast bowler Ashish Nehra bids adieu to the international cricket and retires at the home ground. He got a winning farewell with a comprehensive 53 run victory against New Zealand in the first T20. The crowd went crazy when Nehra came into bowl his last over for the team. Fans expressed their emotions through posters in the stadium. He was presented a memento to mark his final appearance for India by former captain MS Dhoni and current skipper Virat Kohli.
Delhi District Cricket Association named one of the playing ends as Ashish Nehra Stand to pay tribute to the veteran. He became the only second bowler in international cricket to bowl from his own end after English pace bowler James Anderson.
His journey is quite impressive in both ODIs and T20s, however not on a test because he just played 17 matches and got retired from the format. In the post-match interview with Sanjay Manjrekar, he said that memories of 2003 world cup are still with him and he feels that it is one of the best figures of his career. The veteran bowler has also been part of the win in World Cup 2011 under the captains of MS Dhoni. The best moment in the farewell match was when Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan carried him on their shoulders during a farewell lap at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.
Nehra has played under more than seven captains and after his retirement, wishes from veteran cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh and Angad Bedi came on Twitter. Virat Kohli praised Nehra in post-match presentation and said, "To have played 19 years is very hard for a fast bowler.
Virat Kohli in the post match presentation praised, “I know how professional he's been and how hard he's worked. He deserved this kind of a farewell with the crowd cheering him. He can now spend time with his family; he's got a beautiful family. We'll stay in touch but we'll miss him and I wish him all the best,". The fast bowler can be seen as a bowling coach for India in future as his experience of 19 years in the international cricket will help young budding Indian fast bowlers.
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Author - Amit Singh
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