Sachin's wicket precious: Ojha
After bowling Deccan Chargers to victory over Mumbai Indians in an IPL match in Durban, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha said he was very nervous while bowling to Sachin Tendulkar.cricket Updated: Apr 25, 2009 23:39 IST
After bowling Deccan Chargers to victory over Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Durban on Saturday, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha said Sachin Tendulkar's wicket was the most prized scalp.
Chasing 169, Mumbai Indians were on course through skipper Sachin Tendulkar (36) and JP Duminy's (40) entertaining knocks before Ojha (3-21) triggered a collapse by taking three quick wickets, including Tendulkar's, to bring Deccan Chargers back into the match.
"I was very nervous while bowling to Sachin Tendulkar. He is the best batsman in the world, a legend. But the team backed me. They had belief in me. I am happy to strike at the right time for my team.
"Sachin was hitting all over the park. We thought if we can get him, we will be back in the game. It was a precious wicket for me," Ojha said after receiving the Man of the Match award.
Asked about the team's three straight wins, Ojha said they learnt from the mistakes of last IPL.
"The last IPL inspired us and brought us together. It made us do a lot of hard work and that is showing in our performance."
"We have defeated good teams like Bangalore Royal Challengers, Knight Riders and now Mumbai Indians. Everyone is focussing on one goal to win the IPL this year," said Ojha who has taken six wickets in three matches.