Published: Sun, November 05, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Indian cricket is in safe hands for next several years: Ashish Nehra

Indian cricket is in safe hands for next several years: Ashish Nehra

Nehra signed off his worldwide career with figures of 4-0-29-0 in front of his home crowd. The 38-year-old retired from global cricket after an 18-year career which was blighted by persistent injuries.

Put into bat, India rode of fifties by Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma to post a challenging 202/3.

Black Caps leg-spinner Ish Sodhi bowled with plenty of variety to return the superb figures of 2-25 from his four overs, left-arm off-spinner Santner not taking a wicket but going for only 7.5 runs-per-over. "But those times were different", Nehra said.

Terming Nehra as a great ambassador of the game, Kapil said: "You served the country very well".

"The future of Indian cricket is in safe hands for the next six-seven years". While Tom Latham was the only Kiwi batsman who looked comfortable at the crease in the first game a will also depend on Martin Guptill who is New Zealand's most experienced T20 batsman and has the capability to turn a game on its head single-handedly.

Wednesday's match will mark the end to an 18-year global career that started with a Test match against Sri Lanka in February 1999 in Colombo. India conjured a massive score of 202 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.

"There are so many people who asked me if I would have liked to play Test cricket".

He was successful in one-day cricket too with a tally of 157 wickets in 120 matches.

Recalling the photo in which Nehra was giving an award to a young Kohli long time back, the Indian captain said, "That was back in 2003 after he had come back from the World Cup".

After years of toil, Nehra walks away from the game with a tally of 235 wickets from 164 matches across all the formats in global cricket.

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