Left-arm Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha on Friday reported his retirement from all forms of international cricket. Ojha took to Twitter to make the declaration about his decision.
‘To be an Indian cricketer and represent the country at the highest level was always a dream I cherished as a youngster,’ Ojha said in an announcement. The time has come to proceed onward, he included.
“My eventful career has witnessed many ups and downs. Over a period of time, I have realised that the legacy of a sportsperson is not just the outcome of his hard work and dedication, but also the faith and guidance bestowed upon by the association (team management), teammates, coaches, trainers, and the fans.”
It’s time I move on to the next phase of my life. The love and support of each and every individual will always remain with me and motivate me all the time 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/WoK0WfnCR7
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) February 21, 2020
The 33-year-old cricketer played 24 Tests, 18 ODIs and 6 T20Is in which he scalped 113, 21 and 10 wickets individually. His last serious appearance came in November 2018 in a first-class game for Bihar, with which he had a short spell.
In his last appearance for India, he came up with a man-of-the-match execution by picking 10 wickets altogether during India’s innings prevail upon West Indies in 2013 at Wankhede in Mumbai, the game which was additionally Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell Test.
‘I am very thankful to VVS Laxman for tutoring me like an elder brother, Venkatapathy Raju for being the good example I generally hoped to copy, Harbhajan Singh for being a steady counselor and MS Dhoni for providing me with the honourable opportunity to wear the Indian cap,’ said Ojha.
‘Lastly, I am certain that looking back at my career will always fill me with a sense of pride. The most memorable moments would be receiving my Test cap from Sachin Tendulkar and accomplishing the feat of taking 100 Test wickets. I hope to continue contributing towards the growth of Indian cricket in every capacity possible,’ he included.
The left-arm spinner played 92 matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He began with now-defunct Deccan Chargers in 2009 and later again with Mumbai Indians. His last IPL appearance came in 2015. He picked 89 wickets altogether in the cash-rich league.
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