Veteran India fast-bowler Ashish Nehra officially announced his retirement on the eve of the series decider in Hyderabad.

The 38-year-old came out to address the media and confirmed that he will be playing his last international match on his home-ground, at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.

The left-arm fast bowler further said that he will not be taking part in any form of cricket after the first game against New Zealand, which will bring an end to an illustrious journey of 18 years.

Speaking on Ashish Nehra’s announcement, India middle-order batsman, Suresh Raina wished that Nehra do well in Hyderabad and win the series for India.

“He is such a lovely human being and has worked so well on his game. I met him a couple of times and we played so many matches together. And he is one guy who always gives good advice. At the age of 38, he is still going strong. I hope he will do well in Hyderabad and win a game for my country,” said Raina.

Raina further spoke on the unfortunate incident that took place in Guwahati after the match, when some people threw stones at Australia’s team bus.

“Sad to see that, especially when they played a good game. I think BCCI looking into it. We all play together in IPL. Hopefully, nothing got serious. Thanks to the BCCI and the anti-corruption unit as well as the cops, I think they looked after each and everything really well. I hope it won’t happen again in future,” Raina said.

It was Australia’s opening batsman, Aaron Finch who shared a picture of the broken window on his social media accounts.

The ongoing T20I series is currently tied at 1-1, and the decider is scheduled to be played at Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad.