Pragyan Ojha was confident of India call

Pragyan Ojha is confident that his stint with the Slathwaite Cricket Club will help him in England Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Hyderabad: Aug 4, 2011

Despite not playing a single match on the West Indies tour and being dropped for the England series, Pragyan Ojha was confident that he would get a call from selectors in future.

Ojha, who will replace Harbhajan Singh in the Indian squad for the remaining Tests against England, will join the team in a day or two, The New Indian Express reported.

“I was emotional when I got a call from the Board (BCCI) that I should fly out to England to join the Indian team,” said Ojha.

“I was disappointed when I did not play a single match in West Indies and then when I was sidelined for the England tour. But I was always confident that I would be called back by the team. I m looking forward to play a big role in the team,” he added.

Ojha was set to join Surrey to gain experience playing in England, but will now cancel his contract.

“Now that I have got a call, I have to cancel my contract with Surrey. When I was not selected, I thought I would utilise the long off-season by playing in England so that I can gain experience. It is all about improving your skills. I have been match fit. But I m ready to play for India,” he said.

“I have experience of playing in England. My earlier stint in the Slathwaite Cricket Club in the Huddersfield League in Yorkshire in 2007 would help me,” he added.

On the England challenge, the left-arm spinner told Times of India, “While it’s a great opportunity for me, it’s equally a challenge. It’s a great responsibility, especially when England are doing so well. Spinners from both sides struggled in both Tests, which suggests conditions are not easy for the slow bowlers. From what I saw, I think patience and consistency would be key there. Once I reach England, I would talk to my teammates and analyse the conditions.”