Pragyan Ojha

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Pragyan Ojha
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Personal information
Full name Pragyan Prayash Ojha
Born (1986-09-05) 5 September 1986 (age 28)
Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Nickname Ojhee
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Slow left arm orthodox
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 261) 24 November 2009 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 18 November 2013 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 174) 28 June 2008 v Bangladesh
Last ODI 24 July 2012 v Sri Lanka
T20I debut (cap 23) 6 June 2009 v Bangladesh
Last T20I 13 June 2010 v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
Years Team
2004/05–present Hyderabad
2008–2011 Deccan Chargers
2012–present Mumbai Indians[1]
2011 Surrey
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC List A
Matches 24 18 76 76
Runs scored 89 46 525 203
Batting average 8.90 23.00 9.21 8.45
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 18* 16* 35 20
Balls bowled 7,633 876 19,257 3,939
Wickets 113 21 332 93
Bowling average 30.27 31.05 27.20 32.44
5 wickets in innings 7 0 21 2
10 wickets in match 1 0 2 0
Best bowling 6/47 4/38 7/114 5/19
Catches/stumpings 10/– 7/– 27/– 25/–
Source: Cricinfo, 17 November 2013

Pragyan Ojha (Oriya: ପ୍ରଜ୍ଞାନ ଓଝା, born 5 September 1986) is an Indian cricketer who plays for India national cricket team. He is slow left arm orthodox bowler. He plays for Hyderabad cricket team in domestic cricket and Mumbai Indians in the IPL.


Pragyan Ojha was playing in sahid sporting Bhubaneswar in odisha where his coach was sasang sekhar das . The coach gave a lot of efforts to make ojha play for the Indian cricket team. Ojha made his debut in first class cricket in 2004/05 and represented India at the under-19 level as well. He finished the 2006–07 Ranji Trophy season with 29 wickets with an impressive average of 19.89, in just 6 games. The young left arm spinner is known for his ability to flight the ball. He is the only Hyderabadi to have played all the three formats of the game for India.

His earliest pursuit in Cricket was when he joined Sahid sporting club for a summer camp in Bhubaneswar, while studying in D.A.V Public School, Chandrasekharpur. Later he moved to Bhavan's Sri RamaKrishna Vidyalaya (BSRKV), Sainikpuri in Hyderabad and carried on his cricket Coaching at Vijay Paul's Cricket Academy. But his first coach was Sansang Sekhar Dash.

Pragyan Ojha represents Hyderabad Cricket Association in the domestic cricket. He has previously represented Deccan Chargers and currently plays for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. His highly successful campaign in the first couple of season in domestic cricket & IPL ensured his selection in the 15-man Indian squad for the Bangladesh tour and Asia cup in 2008.

He played his first One Day International match against Bangladesh on 28th June 2008 in Karachi and ended up with figures of 2/43.

On 24th November 2009, Ojha made his Test debut in the Second Test against Sri Lanka in Kanpur, replacing Amit Mishra and gaining figures of 2/37 off 23 overs and 2/36 off 15.3 overs in India's 100th Test win. He then took five wickets in the Third Test in another innings win for India, taking nine wickets at 28.66 in two Tests. Ojha became the 800th and final Test victim of Muttiah Muralitharan, the highest wicket taker in Test history.

His T20 debut was against Bangladesh on 6 June 2009, in which he took 4/21 in four overs, a terrific spell in T20 format. He was awarded Man of the Match for his outstanding and match-winning performance.

He has performed exceedingly well in the six editions of IPL, earning him the praise of his captain Adam Gilchrist & Sachin Tendulkar. He was all the more successful in the second season, which ensured his selection in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England. IPL 3 he was awarded the Purple Cap for picking up the most number of wickets in the tournament. He was part of two IPL winning teams(Deccan Chargers & Mumbai Indians) and one Champions League winning team(Mumbai Indians).

In August, 2011 he signed to play for Surrey for the final few weeks of the 2011 season.[2] His 24 wickets in 4 games helped Surrey to promotion to Division One of the LV County Championship.

In November, during the First Test of the West Indies Tour of India he staged a marvelous comeback taking 6 wickets for 72 runs in the first innings.

In December,2014 Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha has been barred from bowling in competitive cricket after his action was found to be illegal. Ojha's action was tested at the ICC-recognised centre in Chennai. The tests, it is understood, concluded that Ojha's elbow flexed more than the permissible limit of 15 degrees. Later on 30th jan 2015 ojha cleared the test and was allowed to resume his bowling.


In an interview, Pragyan Ojha said that Venkatapathy Raju, who was also a left-arm spinner, inspired him to play for India.[2] He credits VVS Laxman for his success.

Personal life[edit]

Pragyan Ojha tied the nuptial knot with Karabee Kailash on 16 May 2010. The marriage was held with complete Oriya traditions, customs and rituals. The two of them reside in Hyderabad.


On 26 July 2012, during a practice session in Premadasa Stadium, Colombo he was hit by the ball on his neck.He was discharged from the hospital after check up.[3]


  • Pragyan Ojha was awarded Man of the Match for his outstanding figures of 5/40 and 5/49, against West Indies which was Sachin's last and 200th test match, 14-16 Nov 2013.
  • Pragyan Ojha was awarded for IPL Jury's Best Bowler at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai on 23 April 2010.
  • Odisha's Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik presented a momentum to Pragyan Ojha for his completion of 100 Test Wickets on 4 August 2013.


Test 10 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 10/89 24  West Indies Wankhede Stadium Mumbai India 2013

Test 5 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 6/72 12  West Indies Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi India 2011
2 6/47 14  West Indies Wankhede Stadium Mumbai India 2011
3 5/99 16  New Zealand M. Chinnaswamy Bangalore India 2012
4 5/45 17  England Sardar Patel Stadium Ahmedabad India 2012
5 5/143 18  England Wankhede Stadium Mumbai India 2012
6 5/40 24  West Indies Wankhede Stadium Mumbai India 2013
7 5/49 24  West Indies Wankhede Stadium Mumbai India 2013

External links[edit]


NDTV News ESPN Crick info confirms ban on Pragyan