The first spinner to win a purple cap in the Indian Premier League with attacking slow left-arm orthodox bowling style who is individually responsible for 10 wickets in his last test match.
Yes, that’s Pragyan Ojha!
Not only a spectacular bowler but also a left-handed tail-ender batsman, he was born in Bhubaneswar and moved to Hyderabad at 13 years of age. His strength to move ahead in his career comes with support from his father Mr. Maheswar Ojha and mother Mrs. Bidulata Ojha.
It is truly said, if you have a dream to achieve heights, your stars always show you the right direction.
Something similar happened to Ojha, his first experience with cricket happened to be at Sahid Sporting Club where he went for a summer camp in Bhubaneswar.
After three years, he moved to Hyderabad and joined Bhavan’s Sri Ramakrishna Vidyalaya in Sainikpuri, Secunderabad, and chose cricket as his priority under the guidance of T Vijay Paul.
Domestic cricket journey
His striking game and determination allowed him to debut his first-class cricket match in the year 2004-05 to represent India at the Under 19 level.
In the next year, he got a chance to play for one of the most premium domestic trophies of India named Ranji Trophy. With his magnificent game, he claimed 29 wickets with an impressive average of 19.89 in just 6 games.
He represented Hyderabad Cricket Association for the longest time starting from the year 2004 till 2015, he also played as a guest player for the Cricket Association of Bengal.
His success in domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League ensured his selection in the 15-man Indian squad for the Bangladesh tour and Asia Cup in 2008.
International Cricket Journey
The incredible domestic journey established his grounds for international cricket career and finally on 28 June 2008, he played his first One Day International match in Asia Cup against Bangladesh.
Next year, Ojha made his Test debut in the Second Test against Sri Lanka which happened in Kanpur.
India won this match, marking it as 100th victory of India in test matches and Ojha’s contribution was 4 wickets in the first match and 5 wickets in the next two innings.
Making him the highest wicket-taker in Test history!
A downfall came to his career in the year 2014 when Ojha’s bowling action was found to be illegal and he was banned from bowling in any competitive cricket match.
But this phase lasted hardly for a month, Ojha came back within a month and his action was cleared, therefore he was allowed to continue bowling.
Marriage and love life
He has a simple and family-supporting story!
These words are more than enough to understand his marriage and love life. But let me also tell you the romantic tale of their love story.
At 24 years of age when everyone says it is a bit young age for marriage, Ojha found his love of life and decided to marry her. He said, “age does not matter; it rather depends on how mature an individual is.”
With all his affirmative decisions he took another big decision of marrying Karabee Baral who was a biochemistry research scholar back then.
They got married on 17th May 2010 and are together as one of the most endearing couples.
He played for Deccan Chargers from 2008 to 2011 and for Mumbai Indians from 2012 to 2015. In the 2nd season of IPL, he clasps 18 wickets in 15 matches which ensured his selection in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England.
In IPL 3 he took 21 wickets in 16 matches and he was awarded the Purple Cap for picking up the highest number of wickets in the tournament.
He announced his retirement on 21 Feb 2020 from all of the forms of crickets In his entire international cricket journey of 16 years, he took 113 wickets in 24 test matches, 21 wickets in 18 ODI matches, and 10 wickets in 6 T20 matches.
Let’s play together
This was the journey of a determinant sportsperson with passion and commitment to give more than 100% and grasping every opportunity of life.
If you have the same stubbornness and compassion towards the game, we are here with a chance for you to play. – Fancy11.