I am among top-5 'keepers in India: Ojha
He considers himself among the top five stumpers in India but Rajasthan Royals' surprise package Naman Ojha concedes that he struggles to keep against spinners.Updated: May 10, 2009 13:58 IST
He considers himself among the top five stumpers in India but Rajasthan Royals' surprise package Naman Ojha concedes that he struggles to keep against spinners.
"I don't keep well to spinners. I spend so much time on my batting and open the batting that I haven't worked on it. Thankfully, now my coach Sanjay Jagdale sir and Hiru Sir (Narendra Hirwani) are telling me how to keep to spinners," Ojha told the IPL's official website.
"(But) I am in the top five or six (in India)," he added.
Not just keeping, Ojha, who has scored two fifties in the three IPL matches he has played so far, finds batting against spinners equally tough.
"I have been speaking a lot to senior players who play the domestic circuit. They say I need to play the spinners from the rough with a bit more authority. They have also asked me to tighten my defence. I even spoke to Gautam (Gambhir) about it. And thankfully all that has worked.
"I tried to play too many strokes against the spinners. If you see my record I have scored a lot of 40, 45, 50 but when the spinners come I have been impatient and try to play too many strokes," revealed Ojha.
Ojha said he has been taking Rajasthan Royals teammate Graeme Smith's advice on handling fast bowlers.
"Graeme Smith teaches me how to face fast bowlers on bouncy wicket. The initial positioning of the body. I am happy that I am back or else I wouldn't have got this golden chance," the diminutive batsman added.
Ojha started his career alongside Mahendra Singh Dhoni and rues that while Dhoni moved on to become Indian skipper, he continues to languish in the domestic circuit.
"I started my cricket at the same time with Dhoni but today he has gone so far ahead. I am still just playing domestic cricket," he said.
First Published: May 10, 2009 13:55 IST