Pragyan Ojha praises MS Dhoni, calls him ‘bowler’s captain’
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Updated: February 25, 2020 10:22:25 pm

Pragyan Ojha celebrating the wicket of Shane Watson on Day three of the fourth Test at Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on March 24, 2013. (Express Photo by Ravi Kanojia)

Former India cricketer Pragyan Ojha, who lately drew curtains on his worldwide and first-class profession, believes that MS Dhoni was a ‘bowler’s captain.’ The 33-year-old, who performed a majority of his matches underneath the charismatic Mahendra Singh Dhoni, acknowledged that the wicketkeeper-batsman had an awesome understanding together with his bowlers.

“He (Dhoni) was bowler’s captain. I strongly believe that a bowler should have a captain who understands him. A lot of bowlers praise Dhoni because of the dimensions he gives you, things that he helps you with like placing the field, keeping your mind clear and those are important when you play high-intensity games,” Ojha instructed media individuals on the sidelines of the DY Patil T20 Cup.

He additionally expressed his want to compete in abroad T20 leagues and shall be in search of BCCI’s permission for exploring the choices. The left-arm spinner announced his retirement from worldwide and first-class cricket final week.

“There are few things in my mind. I have been doing commentary and I am with the BCCI. I will take advise from the BCCI whether I can go and play in some leagues outside India but (only) if I get permission. I need to talk to BCCI and let’s see what happens,” Ojha mentioned.

Ojha represented India in 48 worldwide matches – 24 Tests, 18 ODIs and 6 T20Is – from 2008 to 2013. In early stage of his profession, he had a profitable spin partnership with R Ashwin in Tests, taking 20 wickets within the 2011 residence video games towards West Indies and 13 the next 12 months towards New Zealand.

Giving an instance of Shahbaz Nadeem, Ojha believes that there are numerous alternatives for left-arm spinners to make it to the nationwide facet. “How many (left-arm) spinners are there in our country who are ready to go and play. A maximum of four or five, so there is lot of gap. If you work hard and consistently perform in domestic cricket, you will be will be rewarded. Look at Nadeem, he has played well and end of the day he got a chance, he is now a Test cricketer,” he mentioned.

Ojha’s profession was hit with a setback when he was banned for a short interval after his motion was discovered to be unlawful. Asked whether or not the clampdown on chucking affected his profession, he mentioned, “I will tell very clearly, what happened when I started playing, I developed few things which were not good for my career.”

“Chucking is something which should be treated like an injury not like an insult, because when I heard about it, I was shaken. Imagine a 15-16 year old guy, so it (chucking) should be taken very carefully and they (the authorities) should be very sensitive in the way they are dealing with those boys,” he famous.

“I was back in just 22 days and began playing for Hyderabad again. I played for India ‘A’ as well. So that’s how it went,” Ojha mentioned.

-with PTI inputs 

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