Former India wicket-keeper batsman Naman Ojha, who performed brilliantly in domestic cricket for nearly two decades, retired from cricket on Monday. While announcing the retirement, Ojha’s eyes were moist. As soon as Naman started speaking, every single word of his was faltering.
The situation had become such that this cricketer was not able to read the statement written in the mobile. However, he later handled himself and performed his formality with a roughened hug. While announcing the retirement, Ojha 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.
During this, he thanked the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) and the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) for giving him a chance in the state and national team. The Indian wicket-keeper, who is the most prolific in Ranji, said, “I would like to thank the MPCA, BCCI and fellow players and coaches as well as family and friends for supporting me during my career.”
Ojha said, ‘I have a problem with my back pain, so I was having problems in 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. ‘ The Madhya Pradesh veteran, who holds the record for most hunting (351) as a wicketkeeper in the Ranji Trophy, said that he now wants to play in T20 leagues around the world.
Representing Madhya Pradesh in domestic cricket from 2000-01 season at the age of just 17, it became difficult for the national team to get more opportunities in the era of the charismatic Mahendra Singh Dhoni. After great performances in domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League, in 2010, he got a chance to play two matches of One-Day against Sri Lanka and T20 International series against Zimbabwe. After this he did not get a chance in the team.
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 got his debut in the third Test on Sri Lanka tour, in which he contributed 21 runs in the first innings and 35 runs in the second innings.
Naman 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. He played his last Ranji match against Uttar Pradesh in January last year. He has represented Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. He was a member of the title-winning Sunrisers Hyderabad.