IND vs NZ 2017: Delhi High Court Grants Special Permission to Make Ashish Nehra’s Farewell Memorable
In a bid to give a fitting farewell to one of the finest servants of Indian cricket, Ashish Nehra, the Delhi High Court, on Tuesday (October 24), accepted veteran fast bowler’s request to have a corporate box booked exclusively for his family and friends, so as to watch his last competitive game on November 1 at New Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla.
Nehra’s request was initially in doubt to get accepted as a bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sanjeev Sachdeva had expressed reservations over the same, but the court eventually approved it after the request was made on the cricketer’s behalf by the court-appointed Administrator of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).
It should get noted that the DDCA is taking steps to recognise the contribution of cricketers who have enhanced the reputation of the cricket body. The cricket board has also formed a committee to assess and recommend other players from DDCA to recognise their contribution. The contributions of those players will also get reflected in the stadium. Recently, the DDCA announced that the gate number two of the Feroz Shah Kotla would get named after former India and Delhi star, Virender Sehwag.
Meanwhile, according to The Press Trust of India, the request was accepted by the court as a ‘one-time measure’ since Nehra will bring down curtains on his international cricket career which spanned for nearly two decades. The first T20I of the three-match series against New Zealand will be Nehra’s last in the Indian jersey.
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The 28-year-old, who got recalled into the T20I team for the Australia series, had announced his decision to step aside. However, he had justified it by saying the current crop of bowlers is more than capable to do well.
“No particular reason. At one point everyone knows [that it is time to quit]. It’s not an overnight decision,” Nehra had said during the T20 series against Australia earlier this month. “It’s my own decision. I have given it a good thought. When I came into this series, I had come prepared to bowl. The day I linked up with this squad, I spoke to the captain and coach about my plan because whenever Ashish Nehra is in the side, he plays in the XI, he doesn’t sit out. We’ve seen that in the T20s over the last couple of years.
“I feel Bhuvneshwar [Kumar] 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 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 [Jasprit] 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 came prepared to play in this series, but I also put across my point of view. If they ask me to play in the XI, I’m available,” he had added.
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