It is profusely hard to believe that Pragyan Ojha has not featured in a single test for India ever since November 2013. The left arm spinner last played in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell test in Mumbai against the West Indies. In that very game, Ojha grabbed a ten-wicket haul and was named the Man of the Match for decimating the West Indian batting.
However, despite such a wonderful outing in that game, Ojha was never selected for India again. His overall statistics of 113 wickets in 24 games reveal that he has done nothing wrong in order to be treated harshly by the Indian selectors. In a recent interview, Ojha opened up about his views on being left out of the side continuously.
“Obviously, just leave everything, experience and you have played for country, all that aside. At the end of the day you are human. If you sit down and you know that because of this small mistake, all this has happened to me. But after picking man of the match, and then suddenly you are nowhere, sometimes it hurts but that’s how life is,” said Ojha when quizzed about his absence despite doing well in his last test.
When asked about his current plan in order to make a comeback, Ojha said, “See whether you like it or not, the IPL is the premier tournament in India. If you are playing in that, you are in the spotlight. People are seeing how you are bowling. It’s not about just T20. For all Indian players, it’s a platform where you show where you stand. Obviously, my focus is on that. More than that, I am focusing on this quarterfinal, then hopefully semis and final for Bengal. These are big games for those like us trying to make a comeback.”