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'Both should play': Ojha picks India's first-choice spinners for England tour

  • Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha believes the two players have enough experience to win India games on any track and should be played together against England.
File photo of former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha(Getty Images)
File photo of former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha(Getty Images)
Updated on May 12, 2021 01:43 PM IST
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'Players like Sanju Samson are like pre-paid sim cards'

  • IPL 2021: Pragyan Ojha referred to Sanju Samson and other Indian youngsters like him as a 'pre-paid' sim card, believing they need to show more consistency if they are to get a longer run.
Sanju Samson after his fifty against Punjab Kings. (Rajasthan Royals/Twitter)
Sanju Samson after his fifty against Punjab Kings. (Rajasthan Royals/Twitter)
Updated on Apr 16, 2021 12:37 PM IST
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'Their entire team is set': Ojha names the 'most confident side' of IPL 2021

  • Defending champion Mumbai Indians will take on Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening match of the 2021 edition of the IPL.
Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha.((Ajay Aggarwal/ HT photo))
Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha.((Ajay Aggarwal/ HT photo))
Updated on Apr 09, 2021 12:24 PM IST
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Ojha explains how Ganguly contributed to 2011 World Cup win even after retiring

  • The 2011 World Cup squad had several players who had made their debuts when Ganguly was captain of the Indian cricket team between 2000 and 2005.
File image of Indian cricket team celebrating 2011 World Cup win.(Twitter/Cricket World cup)
File image of Indian cricket team celebrating 2011 World Cup win.(Twitter/Cricket World cup)
Updated on Apr 03, 2021 09:21 AM IST
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‘Please talk about Broad's 8 for 15, What kind of a wicket was that’: Ojha

  • Former England captains Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook have criticised the pitch in the third Test.
England Skipper Joe Root during the 2nd day of the 3rd Test Match in the series between India and England at Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera in Ahmedabad.((ANI Photo/ECB Twitter))
England Skipper Joe Root during the 2nd day of the 3rd Test Match in the series between India and England at Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera in Ahmedabad.((ANI Photo/ECB Twitter))
Updated on Feb 27, 2021 07:37 AM IST
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'He needs to address it': Ojha says Rahane 'has to be consistent'

Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha was asked about Rahane's form by a fan during an interview with Sports Today, and he said that Rahane's inconsistencies have also surprised him.
Chennai: Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane during a practice session at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (PTI Photo/BCCI)
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Chennai: Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane during a practice session at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (PTI Photo/BCCI) (PTI02_11_2021_000362A)(PTI)
Published on Feb 12, 2021 02:23 PM IST
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'Don't need an outsider poking her nose': Ex-India cricketer's reply to Rihanna

Pragyan Ojha took to Twitter to state that India knows how important their farmers are and he also advised Rihanna to stay away from matters involving his country.
Pragyan Ojha and Rihanna
Pragyan Ojha and Rihanna
Published on Feb 03, 2021 12:08 PM IST
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‘If you do that, your team will face consequences’: Ojha on Pujara’s innings

Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha also wasn’t happy with Pujara’s slow batting at the SCG as he commented that ‘cricket has changed’ and batsmen have to maintain a certain pace.
India's Cheteshwar Pujara is hit while batting during play on day three of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. (AP)
India's Cheteshwar Pujara is hit while batting during play on day three of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. (AP)
Published on Jan 10, 2021 08:34 AM IST
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India vs Australia: ‘He was easily touching 140kph’, Pragyan Ojha explains why ‘Saini was chosen ahead of Shardul Thakur’

Impressed with Saini’s bowling in Sydney, former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha said that Saini has been picked ahead of Shardul Thakur in the playing XI so that he could ‘bowl quick’ on this kind of flat track.
Debutant Navdeep Saini of India successfully appeals for his first test wicket, during day one of the third Test match between Australia and India at the SCG,(REUTERS)
Debutant Navdeep Saini of India successfully appeals for his first test wicket, during day one of the third Test match between Australia and India at the SCG,(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 07, 2021 07:24 PM IST
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India vs Australia: ‘We need someone who can swing the ball’, Pragyan Ojha, Deep Dasgupta pick Umesh Yadav’s replacement for Sydney Test

Former Indian cricketers Pragyan Ojha and Deep Dasgupta have backed the selection of Thakur, suggesting that the Mumbai bowler can back Bumrah and Siraj with his swinging capabilities.
Photo of Indian pacer Umesh Yadav(Twitter)
Photo of Indian pacer Umesh Yadav(Twitter)
Updated on Jan 05, 2021 05:20 PM IST
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India vs Australia: ‘It’s a big gimmick to take pressure off Australia and try to get under skin of Indians’, says Pragyan Ojha

Pragyan Ojha stated that the Australians are bad losers and are trying to get under skin of Indian players. They just want to put the pressure back on Indian players ahead of the Sydney Test.
File photo of former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha(Getty Images)
File photo of former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha(Getty Images)
Updated on Jan 04, 2021 05:12 PM IST
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India vs Australia: ‘If one guy bowls tight, the other picks up wickets’, Pragyan Ojha wants India to include ‘phenomenal’ bowling duo in Sydney

India vs Australia: By what he’s seen so far, former India spinner Pragyan Ojha wants India to include a ‘phenomenal’ bowling duo in the third Test against Australia starting in Sydney on January 7.
Members of the Indian cricket team celebrate Tim Paine’s dismissal in Melbourne.(Getty Images)
Members of the Indian cricket team celebrate Tim Paine’s dismissal in Melbourne.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jan 02, 2021 09:37 AM IST
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India vs Australia: ‘On the field, he is the bowling captain’, Pragyan Ojha names the player who’s leading Indian bowling from the front

Pragyan Ojha hailed Ashwin’s fearless approach with the ball in the ongoing Test series. The former cricketer said that Ashwin has developed the habit on delivering in every situation, no matter what the conditions are.
Stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane with other teammates at MCG(Twitter)
Stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane with other teammates at MCG(Twitter)
Updated on Jan 01, 2021 06:38 PM IST
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Indian Cricketers Association nominates Pragyan Ojha to IPL Governing Council

The association was earlier represented by former India player Surinder Khanna, as according to the BCCI constitution, the ICA is required to send a member to the IPL governing council every year.
Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha. (Ajay Aggarwal/ HT photo)
Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha. (Ajay Aggarwal/ HT photo)
Updated on Dec 23, 2020 06:57 PM IST
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India vs Australia: ‘No one has the right to do so’ - Pragyan Ojha slams trolls for attacking Virat Kohli’s personal life after Adelaide debacle

India vs Australia: Reacting on the same, Ojha called the whole turn of events unfortunate and believes no one has the right to target a cricketer or his family on personal front.
Indian captain Virat Kohli leaves the field.(via REUTERS)
Indian captain Virat Kohli leaves the field.(via REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 22, 2020 08:59 AM IST
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India vs Australia: ‘You give him one more chance, he can do wonders’ - Despite Adelaide flop, Pragyan Ojha backs India batsman for MCG Test

India vs Australia: But if former India spinner Pragyan Ojha is to be believed, the decision to rush Pant in the XI should be avoided and Saha should be given another go.
India's Virat Kohli, center right, shakes hands with coach Ravi Shastri following their loss to Australia on the third day of their cricket test match at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/David Mariuz)(AP)
India's Virat Kohli, center right, shakes hands with coach Ravi Shastri following their loss to Australia on the third day of their cricket test match at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/David Mariuz)(AP)
Updated on Dec 21, 2020 08:31 AM IST
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‘I would not have done that’: Former India cricketer not happy with India’s tactic of using Jasprit Bumrah as nightwatchman

India vs Australia: While many thought the move was sensible considering he was coming off a half-century against Australia A and India needed to protect Cheteshwar Pujara for a fresh day, there were some who thought India could have avoided sending Bumrah in.
India's not-out batsmen Jasprit Bumrah, left, and Mayank Agarwal walk off at stumps on the second day of their cricket test match against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020.(AP)
India's not-out batsmen Jasprit Bumrah, left, and Mayank Agarwal walk off at stumps on the second day of their cricket test match against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020.(AP)
Updated on Dec 19, 2020 08:53 AM IST
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India vs Australia: ‘Hanuma Vihari is Test specialist like VVS Laxman, he has to perform in every game to remain in team,’ says Pragyan Ojha

India vs Australia: Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha believes that because of the fact that Vihari is a Test specialist, he has to perform in every game to remain in contention for the team.
Hanuma Vihari in action.(BCCI/Twitter)
Hanuma Vihari in action.(BCCI/Twitter)
Updated on Dec 14, 2020 04:37 PM IST
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‘Batsmen were struggling to read him’: Pragyan Ojha backs India bowler to be ‘game-changer’ in pink-ball Adelaide Test

India vs Australia: For the record, India have played just one pink ball Test so far – against Bangladesh in November of last year at the Eden Gardens – while Australia are undefeated in Day/Night Test matches having won all seven Tests.
The Indian cricket team celebrates a wicket during the 2018/19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy.(Getty Images)
The Indian cricket team celebrates a wicket during the 2018/19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy.(Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 13, 2020 05:02 PM IST
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IPL 2020: ‘They have their own race’ - Pragyan Ojha names cricket’s modern day great

IPL 2020: Former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha believes that Kohli is a ‘modern-day great’ and has hunger to win titles, just like ‘Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Usain Bolt’.
Former Indian cricketer Pragyan Ojha(HT Archives)
Former Indian cricketer Pragyan Ojha(HT Archives)
Updated on Nov 02, 2020 05:01 PM IST
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‘Rohit Sharma not in any teams, Mayank Agarwal in all three, and KL Rahul declared as vice-captain’: Pragyan Ojha says selectors have ‘created confusion’

India vs Australia: Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha said that with Rohit Sharma’s absence and inclusion of Kings XI Punjab’s Mayank Agarwal, the selectors have ‘created confusion’.
Rohit Sharma was not included in all three squads.(PTI)
Rohit Sharma was not included in all three squads.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 27, 2020 11:31 PM IST
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IPL 2020: ‘That is a liability,’ Pragyan Ojha slams star all-rounder after KKR’s loss to Mumbai Indians

IPL 2020: The allrounder came into the IPL 2020 with a huge reputation but has had an average tournament, scoring just 83 runs from eight matches.
IPL 2020: KKR Playing XI screengrab(IPL/Twitter)
IPL 2020: KKR Playing XI screengrab(IPL/Twitter)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 08:34 AM IST
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IPL 2020: ‘The message was clear, Kings XI Punjab were not happy with Maxwell,’ Pragyan Ojha feels Australia all-rounder will be replaced by Chris Gayle

IPL 2020: Glenn Maxwell has managed just 48 runs in six matches and struggled to find his rhythm and Pragyan Ojha believes it is time Kings XI Punjab replaced him with Chris Gayle.
IPL 2020: Glenn Maxwell endured another low score(Kings XI Punjab/Twitter)
IPL 2020: Glenn Maxwell endured another low score(Kings XI Punjab/Twitter)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 02:46 PM IST
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IPL 2020, CSK vs KXIP: ‘A single guy cannot do everything,’ Pragyan Ojha defends MS Dhoni

IPL 2020, CSK vs KXIP: CSK have faced a lot of flak for their inconsistent run and there has been a lot of debate over MS Dhoni’s reluctance to bat up the order.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni gestures during IPL 2020 cricket match against Delhi Capitals (DC).(PTI)
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni gestures during IPL 2020 cricket match against Delhi Capitals (DC).(PTI)
Updated on Oct 05, 2020 07:59 AM IST
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MS Dhoni Retires | ‘Ojha, iski ghanti baja de’: Pragyan Ojha recalls MS Dhoni’s hilarious instructions to dismiss Ian Bell

It could be heard from the stump mic that Dhoni instructs the bowlers to deliver the ball in certain ways. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have often narrated the effect that Dhoni has had throughout their careers.
File image of MS Dhoni.(Getty Images)
File image of MS Dhoni.(Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 16, 2020 02:20 PM IST
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‘Just try to whack one and get out’: When Muralitharan asked Ishant Sharma to give him 800th Test wicket

The off spinner was a mile ahead of Shane Warne by the time he decided to call it quits in July 2010. He was to play his last Test at Galle against India, which was the first match of the series.
File image of Muralitharan and Ishant Sharma.(AFP/HT Collage)
File image of Muralitharan and Ishant Sharma.(AFP/HT Collage)
Updated on Aug 13, 2020 06:54 AM IST
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‘If you get Sachin’s wicket, I’ll gift you something special’: Pragyan Ojha’s reward for dismissing Tendulkar

Ojha had an interaction with the owner of the franchise, who guaranteed the spinner a gift if he was to get Tendulkar’s wicket.
Pragyan Ojha and Sachin Tendulkar having a char.(Getty Images)
Pragyan Ojha and Sachin Tendulkar having a char.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 29, 2020 02:13 PM IST
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‘He wasn’t only aggressive with opponents, but even his own players’: Ojha recalls Anil Kumble’s captaincy

Even though Ojha never played under Kumble, the former left-arm spinner shared an interesting nugget regarding India’s leading wicket-taker in Tests.
Pragyan Ojha in action of India.(Getty Images)
Pragyan Ojha in action of India.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 27, 2020 09:24 PM IST
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‘A lot of bowlers praise Dhoni because...’: Pragyan Ojha explains MS Dhoni’s captaincy style

He also called Rohit Sharma as a bowler’s captain and spoke about his stint with Mumbai Indians under Rohit’s captaincy.
File image of MS Dhoni, Pragyan Ojha(Getty Images)
File image of MS Dhoni, Pragyan Ojha(Getty Images)
Updated on Feb 26, 2020 09:15 AM IST
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Pragyan Ojha retires from all forms of cricket with immediate effect

Pragyan Ojha took to Twitter to announce his decision to retire from international and first-class cricket.
Pragyan Ojha(Twitter)
Pragyan Ojha(Twitter)
Updated on Feb 21, 2020 11:47 AM IST
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