Indian batsmen will manage to eke out draw against England, feels Pragyan Ojha

Pragyan Ojha picked up three wickets on day three of the third Test against England at Kolkata PTI

By Tapan Mohanta

Kolkata: Dec 7, 2012

Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha on Friday said that there’s not much help from the 22-yard strip at the Eden Gardens and the Indian batsmen will be able to eke out a draw under current circumstances.

“I think the pitch wasn’t doing much. It was a straight wicket and the outfield is very fast. The batsmen don’t have to do much,” the left-arm spinner said at the post-match conference.

About their chances of a return in the Test, he put up a brave face.

“Our guys are quite confident of saving the match. We have a good record on this ground. The way the wicket is playing, I’m quite confident that we would do well. The first session is very important. If we get early one or two England wickets, then the the tail would open out. It’s a very good batting wicket though.”

Ojha conceded that after a certain point of time, he stopped attacking and concentrated on the flow of runs.

“I had to bowl to my field without giving them easy runs.

Yesterday, I was trying a bit more for early wickets. Then I spoke to myself that I should not be giving easy runs. It’s not about getting defensive. It’s just about not giving easy boundary balls.”

He tried to defend the shoddy show by Ravichandran Ashwin.

“We are putting tremendous effort. Myself and Ashwin are trying very hard.”

Bowling coach Joe Dawes‘ role has often come under scanner but the youngster said that the Queenslander’s inputs have been useful.

“Joe always keeps working with us. He talks about the angles and variation with the crease. He’s good enough He’s got some knowledge.”