Pragyan Ojha’s bowling action has been cleared by BCCI after he was banned from bowling with an illegal action last December. Ojha will now make his return to competitive cricket in Hyderabad’s last Ranji Trophy (2014-15) game against Himachal Pradesh on February 6th.
During an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Ojha said:
“It’s hard to describe but yes, I am delighted that I have overcome the glitches in my action. I have managed to get the corrections in place sooner than I expected. That is something I am certainly glad about.”
Over the last two months, Ojha spent most of his time trying to get his action resurrected. He was guided by D Vasu and M Venkataramana, coaches at the BCCI specialist academy. Once the experts pointed out that his arm was bending due to lack of proper body weight transfer.
“The momentum of the body wasn’t happening naturally. When the body weight doesn’t get transferred properly, you tend to use wrong muscles. That is what was happening to me,” Ojha said.
Another good thing is that Ojha will now be available for IPL auction that takes place on February 16th. But playing cricket is the most important thing now for Ojha and auction is the last thing on his mind.
“Forget about anything, even picking wickets isn’t on my mind right now. I am just happy to get out there on the park. I know how I have coped for having been unable to play.
“I just hope that the worst is behind me and hopefully this topic will not hound me anymore. I hope that I would be able to play cricket at peace,” Ojha added.