Before it was a final send-off for Nehra, he showed that after cricket, he may have another career option football. Indian cricket team ended up in a comfortable victory over New Zealand by 53 runs that turned out to be Ashish Nehra’s last game of his international cricket career on Wednesday (November 1, 2017). It happened to be toast of the day for the left arm pacer in the first Twenty20 International series played against New Zealand at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.
Feroz Shah Kotla being Nehra’s home ground witnessed a comfortable win over the visiting team in his farewell match. His other Delhi mates in Team India, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan gave the bowler a shoulder ride around the ground for a victory lap, after dominating the first match of the Twenty20 series against the Kiwis. However, after the match got over, the left arm bowler showed his unworldly soccer skills to Virat Kohli.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2017
In a video uploaded by BCCI, the left arm pacer is seen trying out some outstanding football skills that left the skipper Kohli and leg-spinner Chahal completely blown away. Virat Kohli, who himself is a big soccer buff was astonishingly smiling and applauded when Nehra guarded the ball against heading towards boundary with his feet.
The skipper was all praise for the pacer after the match and said that he knows about Nehra’s hard work for the game. He also added that the left arm bowler deserved this farewell with the crowd cheering for him.
“To have played 19 years is very hard for a fast bowler. 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,” stated the Indian captain.
In his 19-year cricket career, Nehra’s most remembered performance for Indian team came during 2003 World Cup against England, where he claimed 6 wickets by giving just 23 runs thereby helping team India bag a clinical win over the opponents. Moreover, he was also a part of triumphant Team India that won the 2011 ICC World Cup.
Nehra made his debut in international cricket by playing a test match in 19999 against Sri Lanka in Columbo. He played 17 Tests for Indian cricket team and bagged 44 wickets at an average of 42.40.
Although, his limited-overs cricketing career was far more remarkable than Tests.
Nehra played his first ODI in 2001 and continued playing 120 ODIs, clinching 157 wickets at an average of 31.72 In 27 T20Is, he claimed 34 wickets.