Pragyan Ojha announced his retirement from Indian Cricket today. The cricketer played his last international match for Team India in 2013, which was coincidentally also the last match of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. The match was played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Tendulkar took to Twitter and shared a picture with Ojha as a form of farewell. He captioned the image as
“@pragyanojha, it was always great to see your big heart & skill at work. You made my last Test special by picking 10 wickets. Welcome to the second innings club, my friend!”
.@pragyanojha, it was always great to see your big heart & skill at work. You made my last Test special by picking 10 wickets.
Welcome to the second innings club, my friend! 🙂 pic.twitter.com/Yh70ldAMSG
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 21, 2020
Ojha was also congratulated on his retirement by former cricketer- turned- commentator VVS Laxman, who wished the former all the best for his future endeavors and wished him success in his life going forward. He wrote on Twitter,
“Congratulations @pragyanojha on a wonderful career. Was great being part of your journey and see you evolve from a young talented spinner to a world-class bowler. Wishing you a successful and fruitful 2nd innings.”
Pragyan Ojha had made his international debut in One-Day Internationals for Team India way back in 2008 when he played against Bangladesh in Karachi. He made his Test debut in 2009 against Sri Lanka. Ojha went on to play 24 Test matches for India, 18 ODIs, and 6 T20Is. A weak form constantly kept him out of the team, and he could unfortunately never cement a secure spot for himself.
In Test matches, he took 113 wickets at a personal best of 6-47. Ojha was last seen in action in 2018 when he played a first-class match in Dehradun. He had also played for the Deccan Chargers and the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. Ojha turned out to play for the Bengal Ranji Trophy as well for a period of time, before becoming their spin specialist. A player with great calibre, Ojha signs off hoping that he could have achieved more.