The beginning of 21st century for Indian cricket was all about Sourav Ganguly and his men. Sourav Ganguly was named the captain of the Indian cricket team in 2000 after Sachin Tendulkar stepped down from the post after the match-fixing scandal. He enjoyed massive success as a captain and is one of the India’s most celebrated captains ever. Likes of Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Kaif, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra and many more, they all bloomed under Ganguly’s captaincy.
All these players pay great regards to Ganguly and have always credited him for the all the success in their careers. Similarly, even Ganguly has never backed out from giving these players credit for the success he has achieved as a captain. Ashish Nehra announced his retirement on Thursday and Sourav Ganguly under whom Nehra played most of his cricket was one of the very first to congratulate him for his great career and wished him all the luck in the future in twitter. He wrote, “@BCCI well done Ashish Nehra ..tuff character ..played with so much injuries ..very very good bowler ..Enjoy ur retirement.”
@BCCI well done ashish Nehra ..tuff character ..played with so much injuries ..very very good bowler ..enjoy ur retirement
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) October 12, 2017
Nehra announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Thursday and will play his last international on 1st November against New Zealand at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. It will be the second T20 of the three-match series. Nehra made his international debut in 1999 in a Test match against Sri Lanka. However, he found most of the success in the 50 over format. The most significant highlight of his career has been his spell in the 2003 World Cup against England where he finished with the figures of 6 for 23. These are the best figures for an Indian fast bowler in a World Cup.
Nehra was a part of the 2011 World Cup which India won. However, he did not play in the final due to a broken finger. He said in a press conference,
“I have spoken to the team management as well as the chairman of selection committee. It can’t get bigger than getting to retire in front of your home crowd.”
He also said that he would not play in the IPL as well, he said:
“Every individual has certain strengths and certain weaknesses. I was always mentally strong. I am that sort of a person who trains day in and day out to play for India. Like I said, I could have played easily one more year of international cricket. People said you are retiring in November, you can still play the next IPL which is just five months away. But it’s my decision that if I leave, I will leave completely, I won’t even play the IPL.”