Pragyan Ojha Biography
Famous for his loop, turn, impeccable accuracy, and relentless stamina, Pragyan Ojha has been the leader of Hyderabad’s spin attack after taking a five-wicket haul on Ranji Trophy debut against Railways in the Ranji 2004-05 semifinal. He also played for India Under-19 in 2005.
Ojha was called up for national duty for the first time during the 2008 Asia Cup but was never given an extended run in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) despite his consistent performances.
It took him some time to settle down in the longest format: he came to limelight with 20 wickets in three Tests against West Indies. He has been perhaps a tad unlucky to miss out as India has preferred the services of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja over Ojha in overseas conditions. Ironically, in the last Test match Ojha played as of May 2014, Ojha snared ten wickets against West Indies.
Ojha had won the IPL Purple Cap in 2010. His numbers for both Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians have been impressive enough for him to lay a claim to one of the limited-overs slots.
Among other things, Ojha is perhaps the only cricketer who had been shouted at by VVS Laxman on an international cricket ground, but that is another story.