Pragyan Ojha aims for consistency

Pragyan Ojha believes India has the upperhand against New Zealand AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Hyderabad: Aug 18, 2012

Leg-spinner Pragyan Ojha has no targets in mind ahead of New Zealand Test series. He and Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will lead the spin attack against the visitors in the two-Test match series.

“I am aiming for consistency. I want to start the season well, but there are no targets as such. I want to take it session by session and match by match,” Ojha said.

“This is a very important series for the team and also for me. It is always special playing in front of one’s home crowd. As I am familiar with the conditions and the wicket here, I am looking forward to a good Test. It has been a while since I have played a Test (last Test was against the West Indies in Mumbai in November 2011) and hence I am really keen on playing here. The crowd support too is a key factor in one’s performance and I am confident of doing well,” Ojha was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

When asked about what went astray in the last Test that India played, Ojha said, “There are always ups and downs in one’s life and the same is true with a team. I feel it was a bad phase for Team India as we didn’t do as well as we were expected to. But this is a new series and a new season. On top of it, it is a home series and we have always done well at home. The players are used to the conditions here and hence Team India definitely has the upperhand against the Kiwis. In fact, we are playing almost 10 Tests at home this season and I am eagerly looking forward to it.”

Ojha played only two ODI matches against Sri Lanka last month and believes he has learnt from the mistakes he had made.

“I got to play just two matches. In fact, I was playing an ODI after two years. I have made some mistakes and have learnt from those. I am working hard on overcoming those shortcomings. The Test series is important as I want to perform consistently and earn back my place in the ODI team.”

On being asked about the partnership between him and Ashwin in leading India s spin attach, Ojha said, “In the sub-continent, the spinners are expected to lead and give the team the much-needed edge over the visiting teams. As we are of the same age, we understand each other well and complement one another.”

“He is a good partner and it is nice to have someone like him bowl from the other end. In the Test series against the West Indies last year, we forged a really good partnership. We took 42 wickets which show how well we do as a team,” Ojha emphasised.