India vs New Zealand, 1st T20I - SCORES

Here is a mini-recap of the Ind-NZ encounters in T20Is (one match was washed out):

Jo'burg, 2007: NZ won by 10 runs
C'church, 2009: NZ won by 7 wkts
W'ton, 2009: NZ won by 5 wkts
Chennai, 2012: NZ won by 1 run
Nagpur, 2016: NZ won by 47 runs

Toss : New Zealand won the toss and opt to bowl

IND : 202/3 (20)

DHAWAN - 80 (52)
ROHIT -80 (55)
H PANDYA - 0 (2)
KOHLI -26 (11)*
DHONI - 07 (2)*

NZ 149/8 (20.0)

GUPTIL 04 (8)
MUNRO 07 (8)
LATHAM 39 (36)
BRUCE 10 (10)
COLIN 0 (1)
SANTNER 27 (14)*
SODHI 11 (9)*



Nehra to Ish Sodhi, no run, the last ball for the Indian legend tails away late and the batsman misses it. Just before the last ball was bowled, there was an intruder to thank Nehraji for his efforts. India win by 53 runs. But it is Nehra's moment

Engulfed in a lot of hugs is Mr. Nehra or as we like to call him Nehraji. Even Williamson has a few words and a warm hug for the senior statesman. The entire Kotla was up on its feet for the final over. Such has been the popularity of this man. Started off in 1999 and wraps it up in 2017. He is seen taking a lap of honour. Touches the feet of Bishan Singh Bedi who was sitting near the sidelines. The entire Indian team is seen walking along the fence with Nehraji. Such a nice moment it is. Aakash Chopra, Virender Sehwag also have hugs for Nehra. When the going got tough, this man got going. As cliched it might be, but this larger than life character played his pivotal part in ensuring India won some key games. Remember, he won't even be playing IPL.

NEHRA's Speach:
"I will miss all this. That's what you train for. Like I said earlier, one thing that will be in peace is my body. I really pushed myself. I could have pushed for another two months or years, but who knows you can't get better and bigger than this and it was the right time retiring in blue clothes. I must be one bowler who bowled the most number of last overs for India, but it was different sort of pressure and today was much more comfortable. Virat was on my case for the last 2-3 overs and I said I will bowl the last over. It is a big change and I have seen 18-19 years of cricket, I played my first game here in 1997 and there have been drastic changes. The rules have been changed and so many runs being scored. This is an amazing team and Indian cricket is in good hands for next 7-8 years. Every 8-10 years game changes and I don't like to compare generations. Earlier we had superb players, Ganguly, MS or Sachin, I can't name everybody. All in all it has been a great journey. 

More than one performance I would say it's the memory that matters more. In India people remember the memories more. I have told Viru before, he has scored so many runs, but people remember him as Multan ka Sultan. Maybe, the Karachi last over or people may even remember Ashish Nehra for bowling the last over against South Africa in the World Cup (2011) and we lost. Many people asked me if you would have liked to play more Test cricket. But I think I am very fortunate to be standing here, retiring after 19 years, retiring in blue clothes in your home ground, I have no regrets. The crowd has been a great support. I am always happy whether I am retired or not." 


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