It was Ashish Nehra’s final International game.
The venue – Feroz Shah Kotla, Nehra’s home ground made the occasion special and Team India made it extra special with a comprehensive win against New Zealand.
It’s their first victory over Kiwis in T20Is as Virat Kohli-side won by 53 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Having been asked to bat first, openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan scored 80 each to help India post 202 from 20 overs.
In reply, New Zealand batters were rocked by India’s disciplined bowling. Spinners bowled brilliantly under tough conditions as Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel picked up four wickets in eight overs for just 46 overs. The Kiwi batsmen could never get going, managing only 149 runs in reply.
Twitterati showered love on Nehra Ji as he bowed out of international cricket.
What a way to finish your international career, with a win on your home ground! Farewell and thanks for the memories Ashish Nehra! pic.twitter.com/Dx67FJOpwY— ICC (@ICC) November 1, 2017
End of an era , Ashish Nehra. Congratulations on a fighting and wonderful career. Wish you the best , Ashish.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 1, 2017
Glorious send off for the affable #AshishNehraWonderful sight for a fan and dressing room favourite 🇮🇳👍🏽🇮🇳#ThankYouNehra ji pic.twitter.com/oiIzVW9z8F— atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) November 1, 2017
It was appropriate that Ashish Nehra bowled the last over. He must have been moved by the goodbye from the team and the crowd— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 1, 2017
Those last 5 mins, that’s the beauty of team sport. Well done lads, you gave one of the nicest guys one of the nicest farewells #AshishNehra— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) November 1, 2017
Big Man #AshishNehra Done wit his Game.We❤U #NehraJiGonna Miss Your Smile After Conceding Boundary❤Best Farewell✔You Deserved it Champ👍— Nandhini subramanian (@Nandhinisp) November 1, 2017
#AshishNehra jiAge is just a number & you are slaying it beautifully! 😍Thankyou 4 being the part of Indian Cricket Team since 1999!MissU😢— Piyu Nair 🇮🇳 (@DtPiyu) November 1, 2017
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