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Ashish Nehra announces retirement from all formats of international cricket; first T20I against NZ will be his last match
Veteran left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra confirmed on Thursday that he will be retiring from all formats of international cricket including the Indian Premier League (IPL) after the first Twenty20 International between India and New Zealand to be played at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on November 1, 2017, which will be his last appearance.

"It can't get bigger than this. Retiring at my home ground is big. I wanted to retire while I am still on top. It's good if you retire when people ask 'why' and not when they start saying 'why not'," said the the Delhi pacer while addressing a press conference in Hyderabad, ahead of the 3rd T20I against Australia on Friday.

Speaking to media reporters, the 38-year-old left-arm paceman said, "When I was selected for this series, I informed Virat (Kohli) and coach (Ravi) Shastri that I think Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and (Jasprit) Bumrah are doing really well. And that this is the right time for me to go."

Nehra had made his debut in Indian cricket team during the Test series against Sri Lanka in 1999. While in 2001, he made his ODI (One Day International) debut against Zimbabwe at Harare.

In his 18-year-long international cricket career, Nehra has taken 44 Test, 157 ODI and 34 T20I wickets so far. He also played for five teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL) from 2008-17, namely Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils, Pune Warriors India, Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

In the 2016, the Sunrisers Hyderabad paid a hefty amount of Rs 5,50,00,000 for acquiring Nehra in the IPL auction.

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