10 players who made their international debut after Ashish Nehra and retired before him
The first T20I between India and New Zealand that is set to be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium in New Delhi later today (November 1, 2017) will mark the end of an era, as Indian pacer Ashish Nehra is set to make his final appearance in international cricket.
The left-arm pacer made his International debut on February 24, 1999, when India took on Sri Lanka in a Test match. Since then, he has represented the country in 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20Is, taking a combined total of 235 wickets across all three formats.
Currently, he is also the senior-most cricketer in terms of longevity as all the players who made their debut before him have announced their retirement. In fact, some cricketers who made their debut after Nehra have already retired from the sport.
Let us take a look at 10 high-profile names who made their international debut after Nehra and retired before him.
Without a doubt, former South African cricketer Graeme Smith will go down as one of the greatest captains to have graced the sport. He made his international debut against Australia in a Test at the Newlands in Cape Town in 2002 and has played 347 matches for his country till date.
He was made the captain of South Africa just one year after his debut and the left-hander did a fantastic job for the Proteas both as a captain and as a batsman. He ended his career as South Africa's second highest run scorer with 9265 runs in 117 runs at an average of 48.25. In the 197 ODIs he has played, he amassed 6989 runs at an average of 38 apart from accounting for 982 runs in the T20I format.
Smith took part in three World Cups (captained his team in two of them) and three T20Is but unfortunately, he never got the chance to lift the trophy even once. He called it a day from international cricket in 2014, at an age of 33.