India’s fast bowler Ashish Nehra confirmed reports of his retirement from all forms of cricket, citing Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s growth in the last five-six months as a reason for him to think the time was right to step away.
“There’s a particular reason [for my decision to retire], at one point everyone comes to know that it’s about time. It’s not an overnight decision. I have given it a good thought, especially looking at the way Bhuvi [Bhuvneshwar Kumar] and [Jasprit] Bumrah have been bowling over the past 5-6 months,” Nehra said on Thursday (October 12), on the eve of the third T20I between India and Australia in Hyderabad.
“I think this is the way forward, especially the manner in which Bhuvneshwar has been bowling. In the last couple of years, whenever I’ve played with Bumrah, either of Bhuvi or [Mohammed] Shami have had to sit out. So I think this is the right time [to retire] and I think people are welcoming it.”
“I feel Bhuvneshwar is ready, the way he has been bowling, and there is no big event in the next five or six months, like a World Cup.
“I always feel it is not how you start, but how you finish.”