The wicketkeeper-batsman played one Test, one ODI and two T20Is in a long profession
Naman Ojha, the wicketkeeper-batsman from Madhya Pradesh who performed 4 matches for India throughout the three formats between 2010 and 2015, has given up the sport at the age of 37, bringing the curtain down on a first-class profession that began again within the 2000-01 season.
Naman Ojha retires from all formats of the cricket
Ojha aims to now play in T20 leagues the world over. “I wanted to determine what to do as a result of it was getting troublesome to maintain wickets within the longer format, for the reason that previous two years,” he mentioned at a press interaction whereas asserting his retirement. “So I believed it’s going to be higher for my physique to concentrate on T20 globally.”
Ojha, a top-order batsman and wicketkeeper, performed most of his home cricket for Madhya Pradesh, and made a mark with India A on the 2014 tour of Australia, when he scored three consecutive centuries, together with a double-century, within the first-class games. That got here after a prolific season in 2013-14 when he scored 835 runs in seven Ranji Trophy matches, and after the ‘A’ tour, Ojha obtained known as much as the India Test facet in England as a substitute for Wriddhiman Saha, the reserve wicketkeeper to MS Dhoni on the time.
Ojha did not get to play a Test on that tour, however, remained on the radar of the selectors, and performed his only Test towards Sri Lanka in Colombo in August-September 2015, scoring helpful runs (21 and 35) and effecting 5 dismissals. In General, in 146 first-class games, Ojha scored 9753 runs, with 22 centuries and 55 half-centuries, at a median of 41.67 to go together with 471 dismissals. In Checklist A cricket, he scored 4278 runs from 143 games, and in T20s, 2972 runs from 182 games.
“IPL got here like a boon for us. I obtained that monetary assist, which I utilized in the precise course in coaching and batting. That’s the reason I may play Test cricket.”
He additionally played one ODI, in Harare towards Sri Lanka in June 2010, when he opened the batting and was dismissed for 1. He performed that sport as a specialist batsman, with Dinesh Karthik holding wickets. Ojha’s two T20I appearances got here in back-to-back matches on India’s tour of Zimbabwe in mid-2010, wherein he scored 2 and 10 whereas opening the innings.
He mentioned he had anticipated playing greater than he did, however, was ending his profession with none regrets. “I loved my profession. It was a bit unlucky that I did not play for India extra,” Ojha mentioned. “However I’ve no regrets. I believed I’d get to play extra after we received my debut Test. I did not get an opportunity, it was unlucky however I am unable to do something about it.”
Ojha, Madhya Pradesh’s captain following Devendra Bundela’s retirement in 2018, additionally had a profitable run within the IPL. He performed for the Delhi Daredevils (now the Delhi Capitals), the Rajasthan Royals and the Sunrisers Hyderabad since his maiden season in 2009, totalling 1554 runs in 113 matches at a strike price of 118.35, hitting six half-centuries together with a better of 94* for the Royals towards the Chennai Super Kings in 2010.
He described the IPL as a “boon” for home cricketers and mentioned it was the monies earned within the T20 league that allowed him to have higher concentrate on coaching and finally led to his Test call-up.
“IPL got here like a boon for us, and it helped stabilise issues loads in our cricketing careers (for home cricketers who obtained picked). If you need to prosper, you require monetary assist, and I obtained that monetary assist from the IPL, which I utilized in the precise course in coaching and batting,” he mentioned. “The bills that include that could possibly be borne because of the cash I earned within the IPL. That’s the reason I may play Test cricket, in any other case it could have been troublesome. Households can help solely to an extent, however, to some extent, it is troublesome to (financially) help.”
Profitable in the Ranji Trophy remained an “unfulfilled dream” for Ojha, however, he was happy wanting again at his profession, holding that he gave it his all and could not have performed extra.
“I’ve no regrets about not successful the Ranji Trophy as a result of I attempted my utmost,” Ojha mentioned. “I gave my 100%, for about 15 years. At any time when I performed, I performed to win the Ranji Trophy. Sadly, our crew – once I wasn’t captain was perhaps behind talent-wise or technique smart – however I’ve no regrets. I’ll by no means have any regrets both as a result of I gave my 100%.”