“I heard this,” Nehra said. “I don’t know. The chairman of selection committee has not spoken to me about this. You have asked me this question, and I can only tell you about my interaction with the team management. When I reached Ranchi, I told Virat about my plan, and his first reaction was, ‘Are you sure? You can still play IPL. You can play as coach-cum-player.’ I said no. I am retiring completely.”
Nehra also emphasised that he didn’t ask for a farewell game. “I have been saying this again and again,” Nehra said. “Luckily this game happened to be in Delhi. I have not asked for a farewell game or anything. This is perhaps one way that god has rewarded me for all the hard work I have put in over the last eight-nine years. I hope Virat and coach Ravi Shastri are part of team management because those are the people I spoke to. I have not spoken to any selector over this issue.
“When I started playing cricket, I didn’t take any selector’s permission. When I am leaving, I am not leaving with their permission.”
“If there is a big event down the line in five-six months, like the World Cup, or if I have a plan to play for the next two years, then I have earned this spot. If somebody plays better than me, he can take it. It is not as if I was getting any favours by being selected. You can check my record over the last two years. If you are fond of stats. When I was doing well, I said this to Virat and Ravi Shastri. I said it is not that I don’t want to play in the XI. If you need three fast bowlers, I am here. Or if Virat says, ‘No, I want you.’ I was available. It rained in Hyderabad otherwise I was going to play that game. This is my decision for the betterment of the team.”