Australia A vs India A, 2014: Naman Ojha praises the Australian bowlers
Naman Ojha, who did well in the just concluded India A vs Australia A match, speaks to the official Cricket Australia website after his third century in the ongoing tour.
On the tour of Australia — one that is certainly not being followed by the Indian fans and a large section of media, Ojha has emerged as a real gem. He has turned up as a run-machine. In the first unofficial Test between India A and Australia A, he slammed 219 not out and 101 not out at nos. 7 and 6 respectively. In the ongoing second unofficial Test, he has once against cracked a century — 110 off 118 balls with three sixes and 18 fours.
He feels that Ben Cutting and Chadd Sayers were the pick of the bowlers, who picked up four and five wickets respectively. Naman Ojha struck his third century in as many innings to provide the necessary boost to the batting order. Ojha had scored a double century and a ton in the first and second innings, respectively in the first unofficial Test, which also ended in a draw.
Though Ojha has got the opportunities at the A level, he couldn’t quite make it count until this tour to Australia. This is perhaps the time when he has matured and entered the most productive phase of his career. Last year, during the 2013-14 domestic season, he hit 858 runs at 61.28. During the Indian Premier League (IPL), he batted well for Sunrisers Hyderabad and fitted into an explosive top-order comprising Shikhar Dhawan, Aaron Finch and David Warner. Ojha was easy on the eye, had time on his hands to play his strokes and is one of the clean hitters of the ball.