Ashish Nehra announced on Thursday that he will be retiring from international cricket post November 1. This means that if he is selected, the first T20I against New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi will be his last international outing. He also said that it was his personal decision to retire and he was not forced to do so. He again added that he will also not be featuring in IPL 2018. On being asked that why was he retiring, he mentioned that he felt it was the perfect time he stepped aside from the game to make way for other deserving candidates. Ashish Nehra to quit international cricket?

“It is always good to retire when people are asking why than why not. I have spoken to the team management as well the chairman of selection committee that the game against New Zealand has come in Delhi. So it can’t get bigger than retiring in front of your home fans where I played my first Ranji Trophy game 20 years ago. I always wanted to retire on a high. I feel this is the right time and my decision has been welcomed,” said Nehra during a press-conference on the eve of the third T20I between India and Australia at Hyderabad, as reported by PTI.

“I have spoken to the team management as well as the chairman of selection committee that the game against New Zealand has come in Delhi. So it can’t get bigger than retiring in front of your home fans where I played my first Ranji Trophy game 20 years ago,” he added.

Speaking about his inclusion in the squad for the ongoing T20I series against Australia, he said, “When I came into the series, I came prepared to play all games. I spoke to the captain [Virat Kohli] and coach [Ravi Shastri] straightaway. My thinking is that I should be in the XI if I am available. If you see, I have played in all the T20 games in the past two years so I told my plans to them [team management].”

On ebing asked about the current Indian pacers, he said, “Bhuvneshwar is ready [to shoulder the responsibility] with the way he is bowling. Earlier, Bumrah and I were playing but now Bhuvi is doing well. And there is also no big event lined up in the next 5-6 months. I put my point of view and they all respect my decision.”

He also spoke on his chances of playing IPL next year as he chooses to retire from international cricket. “It is very important for me to know what people think abut me in the dressing room. So now, they all are saying I can easily play for another one to one and a half year. My thinking has always been that it is good to retire when people are asking why than why not. I always wanted to retire on a high,” he said.

On being asked about his best memory so far in international cricket, he said, “Everyday is a memory for me. People remember moments, like the six wickets against England, or the last over in Karachi but I don’t think I am like that. But yes I will always feel good about the fact that the captain always asked me to bowl the last over. We won the World Cup final [in 2011], lost also [in 2003] but tough to pinpoint my fondest memory.”

“For me, the true measure of success is how many times you bounce back from failures. When you are always on top and suddenly you fall, you don’t know how to come up again. I would say that [coming back from injuries] have made me strong mentally. I am sure that will help me in my normal life. Last two-three years have been a great journey. For me, it is not how you start, it is how you finish. I always trained to play for India,” he concluded.