Pragyan Ojha dedicates fifer to Sachin

Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha finished the day with a fifer (5-40 off 11.2 overs) – amazingly taken in a single session of play. His spin partner R Ashwin too finished with an impressive 3-45 off 15 overs en route becoming the fastest Indian to notch up 100 Test wickets.

Pragyan Ojha and Sachin Tendulkar
Pragyan Ojha celebrates the wicket of Kieran Powell with Sachin Tendulkar at Wankhede Stadium yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble

Their hard work leading to these amazing feats notwithstanding, they dedicated it all to Tendulkar. “It’s great to get five wickets in a Test match but this match is all about Sachin paaji.

We are all hoping he scores a lot of runs here. He deserves it,” said Ojha at the post match press briefing, which the obviously embarrassed West Indians preferred to skip. 

When asked if he ever recalled taking five wickets in a single session, Ojha again quipped: “I don’t know about that but this game is all about paaji. I dedicate this five-wicket haul to him. He is batting well and we hope he goes on to score big here.”

The left-armer, who has 103 wickets from 23 Tests however, admitted that the Wankhede track did offer him and partner Ashwin some assistance. “The track was doing a bit and when the ball got older it was turning and bouncing too.

But I am glad to have done well for Sachin paaji,” he said once again even as the room almost erupted in laughter.

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