Ashish Nehra hung his boots at Feroz Shah Kotla in the T20 against New Zealand on Wednesday, November 1. And the left-armed pacer, who gave 18 years of his life to Team India was given a befitting farewell by Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag and others.
Nehra had played his first match at the Kotla in 1997. And this is where he bowled the last over of the first T20 match against New Zealand and the last game of his career.
Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan carried him on their shoulders and went on a lap of honor around the ground, accompanied by the entire team.
Virat Kohli’s fan club uploaded a video of the send-off party where Nehra’s face was smeared with cake.
NDTV reported a post-match conversation between Nehra and Sanjay Manjrekar where the latter mentioned how Nehra must’ve bowled the most number of last overs for India.
"I must be one bowler who bowled the most number of last overs for India, but it was different sort of pressure and today was much more comfortable. Virat was on my case for the last 2-3 overs and I said I will bowl the last over," he said after the match.
Virat Kohli presented him with a trophy as a mark of respect ahead of Nehra’s last game. He remembers Nehra’s bowling at the time when India had reached the World Cup finals under Sourav Ganguly’s leadership.
"That was back in 2003 after he had come back from the World Cup. I was 13 then and struggling for a place in the school team,” Kohli had said.
“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," added Kohli.