Former wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha of the Indian team announced his retirement from all formats of the game on Monday after performing brilliantly in domestic cricket for nearly two decades. The Madhya Pradesh veteran, who holds the record for the highest number of wickets (351) as a wicketkeeper in Ranji Trophy, has represented the Indian team in one Test, one ODI, and two T20 Internationals.
Tears spilled while announcing retirement
Ojha, announcing his retirement from all formats of the game, said he now wants to play in T20 leagues around the world. The 37-year-old player’s eyes were moist when announcing his retirement. He said, “I am retiring from all formats of cricket. It was a long journey and my dream of representing the state and national team came true. ”He thanked Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) and the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) for giving him a chance in the state and the national team.
Thank you all
Ojha said, ‘I would like to thank family and friends besides MPCA, BCCI and fellow players and coaches for accompanying me during my career.’ ‘Madhya Pradesh in domestic cricket from 2000-01 season at the age of just 17. In the era of the charismatic Mahendra Singh Dhoni, this represented player found it difficult to get more opportunities for the national team.
International cricket career was like this
After great performances in domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League, in 2010, he got a chance to play one-day matches against Sri Lanka and two matches of the T20 International series against Zimbabwe. However, he did not get a chance in the team after one ODI and two T20 Internationals. He was selected for the Indian Test team in 2015 after performing brilliantly with the bat on the 2014 Australia tour with India A. He made his debut in the third Test on the Sri Lanka tour in which he contributed 21 runs in the first innings and 35 runs in the second innings.
So forced to retire
Ojha, who scored 471 runs including 54 stumpings behind the wicket with 9753 runs (7861 runs in Ranji) at an average of 41.67 in 143 matches in first-class cricket, said he had received offers from other teams to play domestic cricket but the family. He rejected this because of prioritizing.
Ojha said, ‘I have a problem with my back pain, so I was having a problem in the long format. Another reason for this is that after joining a team I have to be with them for at least six months. I want to spend time with family. ‘