India vs New Zealand: I will miss Ashish Nehra, says Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli paid rich tributes to Ashish Nehra, who retired from cricket after the first Twenty20 international against New Zealand at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Wednesday.”To have played 19 years is very hard for a fast bowler. I know how professional he’s been and how hard he’s worked. He deserved this kind of a farewell with the crowd cheering him. He can now spend time with his family, he’s got a beautiful family. We’ll stay in touch but we’ll miss him and I wish him all the best,” Kohli said at the post match presentation ceremony.India recorded their first first-ever victory against New Zealand in the T20Is in six attempts and Kohli was elated with India’s clinical.#ThankYouAshishNehra pic.twitter.com/pFqybGkFXJ- BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2017How’s that for footy skills from our very own Nehraji? What do you make of that @YUVSTRONG12 😉 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/YaTeJk5d0t- BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2017″Very clinical performance from the whole team,” Kohli said.India rode on a record opening partnership to post a mammoth 202/3 in the opening clash of the three-match T20 International (T20I) series at the Ferozshah Kotla here on Wednesday.Put in to bat, Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma decimated the Kiwi bowling by bringing up a 158-run first wicket stand in just 16 overs.While Dhawan belted a 52-ball 80, to eclipse his previous highest T20I score of 60, Rohit continued his glorious form to smash a 55-ball 80, comprising six boundaries and four sixes.advertisementIn reply, New Zealand innings never took off as Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel finished with two wickets apiece to restrict the visitors to 149/8. The spinners were ably supported by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya who all chipped in with one wicket each as India registered a comfortable 53-run win.India get their first T20I win over New Zealand! Their bowlers restrict the Blackcaps to just 149/8 for a 53 run victory in Delhi! #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/ZpoSoyYc3M- ICC (@ICC) November 1, 2017″I thought the wicket was damp but Rohit and Shikhar were outstanding. And with the ball as well, we were brilliant. The bowlers bowled where they should and the fielders backed it up. That catch by Hardik Pandya is one of the best I have seen,” Kohli said.Kohli also praised man-of-the-match Dhawan for his thunderous knock.”Shikhar’s one-day game is so good and he always wanted to convert that into T20 as well. I think his adaptability was spot-on today and he unleashed all the shots he had,” he said.The second match of the series will be played Rajkot on Saturday.Farewell to the man of the moment – Ashish Nehra #ThankYouAshishNehra pic.twitter.com/onuPCxU4r6- BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2017last_img

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