Former India fast bowler Ashish Nehra, who retired from all forms of cricket after playing his last T20 International against New Zealand at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on November 1, is set to make his debut as a commentator in the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens on Thursday. The news was revealed to the fans by Nehra's former Delhi and India teammate Virender Sehwag on Twitter.
Sehwag broke the news of Nehra's new role and asked the fans to give the left-arm pacer a rousing welcome.
"Nehra ji ka commentary welcome zoron shoron se hona chahiye. Apne style me aap log bhi Nehra ji ko welcome zaroor karein," Sehwag tweeted.
Nehra ji ka commentary welcome zoron shoron se hona chahiye. Apne style me aap log bhi Nehra ji ko welcome zaroor karein https://t.co/dh9nPCPUQt— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 15, 2017
At the time of his retirement, Nehra had said that he was yet to decide on life after cricket even though he dropped hints on the options of coaching and commentary.
The final decision, though, will come in leisure for the man, who has "only done cricket throughout his life".
"I don't know what will come next. I haven't sat down and decide what to do next. Maybe it will be coaching or maybe it will be commentary," Nehra had said.
The 38-year-old made his India debut back in 1999 under Mohammed Azharuddin and played in 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 27 T20Is.
He has picked 44 Test wickets, besides 157 ODI and 34 T20 scalps. He is best remembered for his 6 for 23 against England at Durban in the 2003 World Cup, a match he played despite being unwell and frequently throwing up in between his overs.
He was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad with a match-turning performance in the semi-final against Pakistan. He missed the final due to a finger fracture.