Pragyan Ojha lauds Rohit Sharma’s captaincy after title victory

Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians to their first Indian Premer League title © IANS

Kolkata: May 27, 2013

Mumbai Indians’ left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha had a few words of praise for his captain Rohit Sharma after Mumbai Indians won their first Indian Premier League (IPL) title with a 23-run victory over the Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.

Talking about Rohit’s captaincy, Ojha said that he made a few crucial changes in the final against Chennai that helped his side go all the way. One such move was when Ojha was brought back in the middle-overs at and he repaid his captain’s faith.

“I think it was a very crucial wicket as these two guys [Morkel and Dhoni] would have made a lot of difference and getting them out at a crunch time was extremely vital,” Ojha said, as reported by iplt20.com

“I think Rohit is very calm. He knows what to do and he does not react much. So, he is very good while managing things on the field. And most importantly, he is a bowlers’ captain,” Ojha added

Ojha went on to praise the entire team setup for doing well as a unit in IPL 2013.

“It was an outstanding season. We played like a team. Everyone was backing each other; everyone trusted one another’s abilities. And this season was special right from the start. And in a big game like this when two of the best sides are playing and you want to be the better team, you have got to play as a unit and back each other. That is because this game is played with 11 players,” he said.

This was Ojha’s second IPL title — the first came with the Deccan Chargers in 2009.

“I am lucky enough to be part of a winning side twice. The feeling is just awesome. And to do it in front of the Eden Gardens crowd, nothing can be better than that,” he said.

In the final, Ojha had to contribute with the bat as well. He came in towards the end of the innings and did well to hand the big-hitting Kieron Pollard the strike with two balls remaining. Pollard struck two big sixes off those two deliveries and too Mumbai to 148.

“When I came to bat, I just kept thinking that I have to give Pollard a single because in two balls you never know what happens. And then after I took the single, he got those 12 runs and it made a big difference,” Ojha said.