Odisha-Born Indian Spinner Pragyan Ojha Bids Farewell To Cricket, Pens Thank You Letter

Bhubaneswar: Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha took retirement from all forms of cricket. The Odisha born cricketer took to his Twitter handle on Friday to announce the decision.

“I am writing this letter to tender my formal retirement from international and first-class cricket, with immediate effect,” Ojha said in a statement-cum-thank you letter 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.

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

He played 24 Tests between 2009 and 2013 in which he took 113 wickets. From 18 ODIs, he grabbed 21 wickets and also played six T20 Internationals.

Ojha, who competed for erstwhile Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians in the IPL, was once reported for having a suspect action in 2014. He underwent corrective rehabilitation and was cleared in 2015.

In his thank you letter, Ojha thanked BCCI to giving him the opportunity to be a part in all forms of cricket. “I am indebted to the BCCI for me giving me this extraordinary opportunity and putting their belief in me. It has been an absolute honour to be associated with the board, an association that has shaped my professional life and also enriched my personal development,” read the letter.

The former Indian spinner also thanked Hyderabad Cricket Association, Cricket Association of Bengal and Sourav Ganguly.

He also mentioned the name of VVS Laxman, Venkatapathy Raju, Harbhajan Singh and MS Dhoni in his thank you letter for mentoring and supporting him all through his cricketing career. Ojha also extended his regards to his contemporary cricketers- Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and others for sharing memorable moments with him.

Besides, the cricketer remember his childhood coach late T. Vijaya Paul.

“The most memorable moments would be receiving my Test cap from Sachin Tendulkar and accomplishing the feat of taking 100 test wickets,” said Ojha through the letter.

Ojha concluded the letter by saying that he hopes to continue contributing towards the growth of Indian cricket in every capacity possible and as he enters a new phase of his life, he is really looking forward to teaching the important life lessons that he has learned on the way to his son Yohaan.

With Inputs From PTI