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Pragyan Ojha Profile | Family Information | Biography

Full Name Pragyan Prayash Ojha
Born September 5, 1986, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Pragyan Prayash Ojha Profile, Family Information, Biography
Pragyan Prayish Ojha was born on 5 September 1986 is an Indian cricketer. Debuting in first class cricket in 2004/05, Ojha is a left-arm spinner who has represented India at under-19 level. He finished the 2006–07 Ranji Trophy season with 29 wickets at 19.89, in just 6 games.
Ojha started playing in Shahid Sporting Club, Bhubaneswar. After studying in D.A.V Public School, Chandrasekharpur till 9th he joined Hyderabad cricket team. The young left arm spinner is known for his ability to flight the ball. Pragyan Ojha plays for the Hyderabad and the Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League. His highly successful campaign in the first season ensured selection in the 15-man Indian squad for the Bangladesh tour and Asia cup. He has performed exceedingly well in the 3 editions of IPL, earning the praise of his captain Adam Gilchrist. In IPL 3 he was awarded the Purple Cap for picking up the most number of wickets in the tournament. As a result, he was called into the national limited overs squad and made his ODI debut. He was all the more successful in the second season, which ensured his selection in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England.

Pragyan Ojha debut match was against Bangladesh on 6 June 2009, in which took 4/21 in four overs, a terrific spell in T20 format. He was awarded Man of the Match for his outstanding and match-winning performance. However, after an indifferent performance in the first match in the Super Eight stage against the West Indies, which India lost, he was dropped in favour of all rounder Ravindra Jadeja, another left arm finger spinner.

In November 2009, Ojha made his Test debut in the Second Test against Sri Lanka in Kanpur, usurping Amit Mishra and gaining figures of 2-37 off 23 overs and 2-36 off 15.3 overs in India's 100th Test win. He then took five wickets in the Third Test in another innings win for India. Despite taking nine wickets at 28.66 in two Tests, he was then dropped in favour of Mishra as the second spinner for the tour to Bangladesh. Ojha became the 800th and final Test victim of Muttiah Muralitharan, the highest wicket taker in Test history.

In August, 2011 he signed to play for Surrey for the final few weeks of the 2011 season. His 24 wickets in 4 games helped Surrey to promotion to Division One of the LV County Championship.

In November, during the First Test of the West Indies' Tour of India he staged a marvelous comeback taking 6 wickets for 79 runs in the first innings.

Currently Pragyan Ojha holds rank number 20 in the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers.
 
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