Pragyan Ojha’s last international appearance was the historic Test match against the West Indies when the ‘God of Cricket’, Sachin Tendulkar called time on his international career. The left-arm spinner’s last competitive performance came in November 2018 in a first-class match for Bihar. He has also played first-class cricket for Hyderabad and Bengal.
It is quite surprising that Ojha never got to play a Test match after he was named the Man of the Match in his last Test appearance where he picked ten wickets in India’s massive win over West Indies. Ojha was also part of the Deccan Chargers in the IPL and won the title in 2009. He took home the purple cap in the IPL 2010 edition for picking the most number of wickets.
"To be an Indian cricketer and represent the country at the highest level was always a dream I cherished as a youngster," Ojha said in a statement shared on Twitter. "My eventful career has witnessed many ups and downs. Over the time, I have realised that the legacy of a sportsperson is not just the outcome of his hard work and dedication, but also the faith and guidance bestowed upon by the association (team management), teammates, coaches, trainers, and the fans.
"I am very thankful to Mr. V.V.S Laxman for mentoring me like an elder brother, Mr. Venkatapathy Raju for being the role model I always looked to emulate, Mr. Harbhajan Singh for being a constant adviser and Mr. M.S. Dhoni for providing me with the honorable opportunity to wear the Indian Cap. Lastly, I am certain that looking back at my career will always fill me with a sense of pride. The most memorable moments would be receiving my Test Cap from Mr. Sachin Tendulkar and accomplishing the feat of taking 100 Test wickets. I hope to continue contributing towards the growth of Indian Cricket in every capacity possible."