Former left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha has revealed how he was presented with a special gift on dismissing Sachin Tendulkar in an IPL match. During the 2009 IPL, which was held in South Africa, ahead of Mumbai Indians taking on the now-defunct Deccan Chargers, which Ojha was a part of, the spinner had an interaction with the owner of the franchise, who guaranteed him a gift if he was to get Tendulkar’s wicket.
Sachin Tendulkar is widely regarded as the ‘God of Cricket.’ He has set almost every batting record in world cricket and smashed a whole lot of them during his stint on the 22-yard. Having scored more than 34000 international runs with a ton of international centuries, the Master Blaster of cricket set certain exemplary records during his career for the India National Cricket Team.
Now, Pragyan Ojha has revealed that he once received a special gift for dismissing Tendulkar in an IPL match in 2009 at Durban’s Kingsmead Stadium when Pragyan Ojha finished with 3/21, dismissing Tendulkar, JP Duminy and Shikhar Dhawan.
Pragyan Ojha Reveals The Special Gift He Received On Dismissing Sachin Tendulkar
Ojha’s wicket of Tendulkar was crucial as it triggered a slide for MI. Chasing 169 to win, MI were on song at 86/1 before Ojha’s three dented the chase and they were eventually bowled out for 156.
“This was in Durban, just before our game against MI,” Pragyan Ojha told Wisden India.
“Our owner came to me, and the way I was bowling in South Africa, he had a word with me. He is from Hyderabad [the team Ojha represented in Ranji Trophy], [he is] one of the team owners in our local leagues in the Hyderabad Cricket Association system. He knows me right from my childhood. He walked up to me and said ‘Pragyan, if you get Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket, then definitely I’ll have a special gift for you,” Ojha added.
“He knew exactly that I used to love watches. I told him, ‘Sir, If I get his wicket, I need a watch’. It so happened, the next day, I got Sachin paaji’s wicket and he gifted me a watch,” Pragyan Ojha said.
Sachin Tendulkar’s Wicket Was A Special One: Pragyan Ojha
Ojha had Tendulkar caught at covers by Herschelle Gibbs for 36 and taking the confidence of his performance forward, the left-arm spinner finished as the fifth-highest wicket-taker of the season with 18 scalps.
“It’s a special wicket. Getting someone like Sachin paaji is a wonderful feeling, one of those wickets that you always dream of getting as a bowler. You feel nice, that you’re good enough to compete with people who have dominated world cricket,” Ojha added.
Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run-scorer in Tests, with 15,921 runs, as well as in One-Day Internationals, with 18,426 runs. He is the only player to score more than 30,000 runs in all forms of international cricket. He also holds the record of the highest number of centuries in both Tests (51) and ODIs (49) as well as in Tests and ODIs combined (100).