Veteran India pace-bowler Ashish Nehra announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on the eve of the third T20I between India and Australia in Hyderabad.

The 38-year old has had his fair share of injuries during his illustrious 18-year long international career, he started under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin and played under seven different Indian captains.

The left-arm bowler is remembered for his amazing spell in the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup match against England, where he took six wickets for just 23 runs and helped India defend 250 runs in Durban, South Africa.

Nehra has played two  World Cups for India, in 2003 the team lost in the finals to Australia, whereas in 2011, under the leadership of MS Dhoni, Indian cricket team went on to lift the prestigious cup after 28 years.

Nehra while addressing the media, said that it was his own decision to leave cricket and he informed the captain, coach and the team management about his decision when he was picked for the series against Australia.

Ashish Nehra is all set to end his career on his home ground where it all began for the speedster from Delhi. His last match will be the first T20I against New Zealand at Feroz Shah Kotla on 1st November.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly had a special role in making Ashish Nehra what he is at the moment, Ganguly was the one who gave him confidence and got the best out of him and on his retirement, the prince of Kolkata was quick to congratulate Ashish Nehra on his 18-year long journey with Indian cricket.

Here’s Sourav’s tweet:

Ganguly wished Nehra well and told him to enjoy his retirement after the last game and also emphasized that how he managed to play with so many injuries, which shows how tough character he is.