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Spinner Pragyan Ojha retires from all forms of cricket

Spinner Pragyan Ojha retires from all forms of cricket

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 21 Feb 2020, 04:43 pm

New Delhi/UNI:  India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha on Friday announced retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect.

Pragyan Ojha, who made his international debut in 2008, played professional cricket for 16 years. Despite not featuring in an international match since 2013, Pragyan was playing domestic cricket until 2019.

The 33-year-old last played for India in 2013 during Sachin Tendulkar's farewell Test against the West Indies in Mumbai.

Even though he played only 18 ODIs, taking 21 wickets and six T20Is in total, Ojha's success predominantly came in the longest format of the game. He played 24 Tests between 2009 and 2013 in which he took 113 wickets.

"I am writing this letter to tender my formal retirement from international and first-class cricket with immediate effect," Ojha said in a statement on his Twitter account.

"To be an Indian cricketer and represent the country at the highest level was always a dream I cherished as a youngster. I fall short of words to describe how fortunate I have been to have lived my dream and earned the love and respect of my fellow countrymen," he added.

Ojha achieved World no 5 as his career-best ranking in ICC Player Rankings and will be remembered as the first and one of the two spinners to ever win the Purple Cap in the Indian Premier League.

In December 2014, Ojha was barred from bowling in competitive cricket after his action was found to be illegal. Later on 30 January 2015 Ojha cleared the test and was allowed to resume his bowling.

Ojha played his first One Day International match against Bangladesh on 28 June 2008 in Karachi and ended up with figures of 2/43. 

Spinner Pragyan Ojha retires from all forms of cricket

India Blooms News Service
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