Pragyan Ojha was waiting for an opportunity to prove himself, says father

Pragyan Ojha bagged six wickets for 72 runs in West Indies’ first innings AFP

Bhubaneswar: Nov 7, 2011

The impressive return of left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha in Test cricket with a haul of six wickets in the first innings of the first Test against the West Indies in Delhi did not surprise his father Maheswar.

“After being out of national reckoning for about one year, Pragyan was waiting for an opportunity to prove his mettle,” a beaming Maheswar told reporters after his son grabbed a career-best six-wicket haul in the first innings of the ongoing match in Delhi.

“We hope he will repeat similar feat in the future as well. He was, a bit, under pressure after being overlooked. I had advised him not to dishearten and wait for the right opportunity. When the opportunity comes, utilise it properly”, he said.

Pragyan’s last Test appearance was against New Zealand at Nagpur In November 2010. After being out of the reckoning for national duty, he went for a stint with Surrey in the English county cricket.

Meanwhile, ecstasy pervaded the frenzied fans who were glued to the TV to watch the local-lad finish off the visitor’s innings with aplomb.

Cricket fans burst crackers amidst unabated clapping to celebrate Ojha’s maiden six wicket haul who restricted the Caribbeans to 304 in their first innings. (PTI)