India‘s veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra is playing his final international match in the first of the three-match T20I series against visitors New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Ahead of his farewell match, which is being played at his hometown of Delhi, Nehra was presented with a commemorative trophy by skipper Virat Kohli and former skipper MS Dhoni, before the toss. It was in October when Nehra had announced that he would be retiring after this tie. In build up to his farewell match, experts and former players, as well as fans have given their best wishes for the veteran pacer, including legend Kapil Dev. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand 2017-18, 1st T20I at Delhi

Earlier, during the toss, Kohli praised Nehra’s illustrious international career, which has a span of almost 19 years. Although Nehrs’s career was plagued with multiple injures, leading to him being not a consistent member of the Indian squad; he has been a big asset for the aside till date, as he played a pivotal role in leading India to the ICC World Cup 2011 title win. “Nineteen years as a fast bowler is a great achievement. One of the smartest guys I’ve played with, always loves helping youngsters. He is someone who knew what to do in specific situations. Sad to see him go but it is happening at his home ground,” Kohli said during the toss.