India vs New Zealand, 1st T20I, Feroz Shah Kotla, IND v NZ

Shreyas Iyer

As India's old-timer paceman Ashish Nehra is set to bid adieu to the global cricket in the T20I against India at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla, captain Virat Kohli hailed the 38-year-old calling him a "great servant for Indian cricket". Axar Patel will combine with Yuzvendra Chahal once again.

Ashish Nehra has been a loyal servant of the game for a long, long time.

Ashish Nehra went wicketless in his final four overs as a professional cricketer but the mood remained celebratory as India recorded a first T20 win over the Black Caps at the sixth attempt. The results in the recently-concluded ODI series suggest that New Zealand have a more stable and steady middle-order, even if they too have swapped Tom Latham's batting number with Colin Munro's.

Asked to bat first, India posted a massive total of 202/3 in their 20 overs.

Experienced batsman Ross Taylor was also recalled to the New Zealand set-up in place of injured leg-spinner Todd Astle, which will give a boost to their batting department. Incidentally, that happens to be his final one-day worldwide.




In 2015, when Virender Sehwag was felicitated on his retirement at the Kotla during the India-South Africa Test, the DDCA had put up huge metal boardings of his best Test performances on both the ends of the wicket.

India captain Virat Kohli and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

The packed crowd at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium was treated to some delightful as well as unorthodox cricketing shots by Dhawan and his opening partner Rohit Sharma.

Skipper and local boy Kohli (26no off 11) powered his team to 202-3 with three sixes, New Zealand punished for dropping him on eight, having also shelled Dhawan on the same score and Rohit on 16. While the left-handed Dhawan, who represents Delhi in the domestic circuit, blazed his way to 80 off only 52 balls, hitting 10 fours and two sixes.

Tim Southee and Trent Boult both tried their hands at Tom Latham which kept the drill. The 38-year-old had also said that he has spoken with the Indian cricket team management and also with MSK Prasad, the chairman of the selection committee, regarding his decision to retire at his home town.

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