Ashish Nehra on his retirement


"I could even play another year of worldwide cricket", he added.

Nehra played 17 Tests (44 wickets), 120 ODIs (157 wickets) and 26 T20Is (34 wickets) in his 18-year career so far. A lot of people are asking me if I am retiring from IPL as well.

Nehra made his latest India comeback for the ongoing T20 series against Australia but did not get a look-in in the first two games.

"When I came into this series (versus Australia), I had prepared well". According to a senior BCCI official privy to the development, the 38-year-old intimated his decision to head coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli.

"My thinking is that I should be in the XI if I am available".

"Looking at the way Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah played in the last five to six months, they are ready". And there is also no big event lined up in the next 5-6 months.

This decision is an honest and timely one and in many ways reflects the nature of Nehra, who has always played the game with a smile on his face. "But I think he should have played more Test cricket", Azharuddin told Sportstar in an exclusive chat. "I am always somebody who takes one series at a time", he said. It is always good to retire when people say "why", not "why not".

Ahead of India's 3rd T20I against Australia in Hyderabad tomorrow (October 13), the 38-year-old told reporters that he had chose to "retire on a high". He also went on to feature in 2003 World Cup and had a highly successful campaign where he picked up 15 wickets at an average of 19.26.

The left-arm pacer was also part of the Indian team that lifted the ICC World Cup 2011 trophy. He missed the final due to a finger fracture.

Nehra made his foray in global cricket making his debut in 1999 in the longest format of the game. "And that this is the right time for me to go". So those struggling periods made me strong mentally.

Earlier, Nehra was quoted as saying that he wants to play for another two years, but now it seems that that is not going to happen. The character comes out when you are down and bounce back from them not when you are on top.

The Kotla T20 will give Nehra a chance to finish his injury-plagued career at his home ground. "I hope it won't happen again in future", he said. The last two years have been great. "I am not playing IPL, so you can judge me from that", he said. I am that sort of a person I train day in and day out to play for India. He is now with the Virat Kohli-led Indian side.