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Kohli Calls Nehra One of the Smartest Cricketers He Played With

PTI | Updated: November 2, 2017, 11:38 AM IST
Kohli Calls Nehra One of the Smartest Cricketers He Played With

Ashish Nehra with his family and India skipper Virat Kohli. (AP Image)

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New Delhi: India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday paid rich tributes to the retiring Ashish Nehra as "one of the smartest cricketers" he has ever played with. The first T20 International was Nehra's final international match of a career that started way back in 1999.

"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 pre-match training session, Kohli and MS Dhoni presented Nehra with a memento on behalf of the team.

Having endured much pain in his 18-year-long injury littered yet successful career, Nehra says his body will be at peace as he bid adieu to international career on Wednesday.

"I will miss all this. That's what you train for. One thing which will definitely be at peace will be my body. I said earlier that I can go a couple more years, but there can't be a better time to walk away," Nehra said after his swansong game in international cricket.

Nehra was asked by skipper Virat Kohli to bowl the last over the first T20 match, which India won by 53 runs.

"I must be the one bowler who sent down the last over most number of times for India. But those times were different. There was no pressure today."

Nehra said the game has changed a lot since he started playing. "I played my first game here in 1997. The rules have changed and so many runs are being scored. But whatever happens, this team is here to stay. The future of Indian cricket is in safe hands for the next six-seven years," he said.

Nehra said there are few moments that define cricketers and such moments also create there image.

"I have played under many different people, but it has been a memorable journey. I was telling Viru also this; he scored so many runs, but people still call him Multan ka Sultan, so you are remembered for a particular moment," he said.

Nehra stopped playing Test cricket many years back but he has no regrets. "At times, you pick up wickets off bad balls, but as a cricketer, you in front of a mirror need to realise how well you are playing and what you need to do. There are so many people who asked me if I would have liked to play Test cricket. But you can see the glass as half-full or half-empty.

"I last played Test cricket when I was 24 or 25, but at the end, to have played for 18 years and to be here standing in blue clothing and to have played my final match, I could not have asked for anything more. I have no regrets. I am always happy, retired or otherwise."
First Published: November 2, 2017, 11:38 AM IST
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