I was prepared to open the bowling: Pragyan Ojha

Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha said he did not think much when he opened the bowling, except that he concentrated to maintain a tight line AFP

Bengaluru: Sep 1, 2012

India’s left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha said he was not surprised when Mahendra Singh Dhoni asked him to bowl the first over of the match.

“Dhoni bhai told me before the toss that I will be bowling the first over and I was ready for it. There was some moisture on the wicket in the morning and Dhoni decided to use it to India’s advantage by asking me to open the attack.”

He further said he did not think much when he opened the bowling, except that he concentrated to maintain a tight line, not giving much room for batsmen to score.

Replying to a query, he said he has brought variety into his bowling and was using bowling crease to increase the chances of taking wickets. However, he did not specify which wicket-taking delivery he was working on.

Ojha said it was difficult to predict how the wicket would behave from the second day onwards, but there was some turn when the ball was hurled at a slow pace.

“However I felt it was a good day one wicket,” he said.

Ojha further said the wicket is good to bat on and expressed confidence that Indian batsmen would score on it. (PTI)