Pragyan Ojha was a classical slow left arm spinner, who played 24 tests 18 ODI and 6 T20’s for India and has 92 appearances in the IPL. He is the first one of the only two spinners to won ‘THE PURPLE CAP’ in the IPL. Ojha relies on flight and length to pick up wickets. He has done exceedingly well for the Indian team in the Test format as compared to his ODI and T20 stats. He picked 113 wickets in test, 21 in ODI, 10 in T20s and 89 in the IPL. He was also rewarded as the”Man of the Match” in his debut T20 match for his 4/21 against Bangladesh in 2009 world cup.Ojha made his test debut against Sri Lanka and returned with the figures of 2/37 and 2/36. He was famous for his partnership with VVS Laxman against Australia at Mohali with India 9 wickets down in a tricky chase as he scored winning runs by scoring a boundary down the leg side against Johnson. He made a formidable partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin as both of them hunted in pairs. They were force on Indian subcontinent tracks.Ojha was adjusted as the”Man of the Match” in the last match of Sachin Tendulkar at the Wankhede Stadium against West Indies also, he clinched fifer in both innings and got a 10 wickethaul (10/89) in the match . Unfortunately, this match was also Ojha’s last appearance in Indian colours as hewasn’t considered for the selection on overseas tours.Things also got tougher for Ojha as in December, 2014 he was banned from bowling in competitive cricket due to his illegal bowling action and the emergence of Ravindra Jadeja in the test arena also made life difficult for Ojha as Jadeja offers more with the bat plus he was also a gun fielder. With India preferring Jadeja over Ojha due to his batting and fielding Ojha has been disappeared from India’s scheme of things.Later on January 2015 he cleared the test after remodeling his action and was allowed to resume his bowling but life wasn’t the same for him as he never received an international call-up. A question was asked by the cricket analyst and Pundits in the last decade that how on earth a man who was Man of the Match in his last match never found himself in the team again. Being Pragyan Ojha is very tough because you don’t want yourself out of the team after performing so well. Ojha retired on 21 February 2020 from all forms of cricket and Yes, unluckyis the term which we can relate to him.
by Paramdeep Rathee