AGENCIES, New Delhi: Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha says he has retired from international and first-class cricket. Ojha made the announcement on Friday via Twitter. “It’s time I move on to the next phase of my life. The love and support of each and every individual will always remain with me and motivate me all the time,” he tweeted.
Ojha had good innings in his career. Ojha started his domestic career with Hyderabad in 2005 and made his international debut in an ODI against Bangladesh in 2008. He played 48 international matches that included 24 Tests, 18 ODIs and six T20Is from 2008 to 2013. In the last match against West Indies in 2013 (which was also Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell match), Ojha’s figures of 10 for 89 earned him the Man of the Match award. He took 113 Test wickets at an average of 30.26, 21 in ODIs and 10 in T20Is at an economy rate of 6.28.
“To be an Indian cricketer and represent the country at the highest level was always a dream I cherished as a youngster,” Ojha said in a letter he posted on Twitter. “I fall short of words to describe how fortunate I have been to have lived, dream and earned the love and respect of my fellow countrymen. For a sportsperson, there cannot be a greater reward,” his Tweet read.