Success against Mumbai will build confidence before Aus series: Ojha
Though the Irani Cup is the only competitive match for Pragyan Ojha before the much-awaited Australia Test series starting from February 22, the India left-arm spinner is not worried about lack of match practice
Since the England series however Ojha has played one Ranji Trophy tie for Hyderabad in which he claimed six wickets, besides a couple of games for his employers Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL). He’s now looking forward to doing well against a formidable Mumbai outfit.
“Obviously, the Irani Cup tie is a big game for me. Mumbai has some great names. It will definitely be a good preparation ahead of the Australia series. If I do well in this match, it will help boost my confidence a lot” he said.
Having failed to avenge the 0-4 series loss in England, Mahendra Singh Dhoni & Co will now be keen to avenge their humiliating defeat by a similar series margin to Australia last year. Ojha, however, is not thinking about revenge.
“That (0-4 loss to Australia) is not on my mind. Our team is going through a transition at the moment. As youngsters of the team, we have a huge responsibility to help the team win and I am eager to live up to the challenge,” Ojha, who will represent the Rest of India, told MiD DAY on the eve of their Irani Cup tie against Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai beginning at the Wankhede Stadium today.
“I want to keep things simple. I don’t want to try out various things. I am concentrating on having the right process. Other things will fall in place. I am taking it one match at a time and not looking at the larger picture,” added the left-arm spinner.
Ojha’s bowling was one of the few positives for India in the stunning home defeat to England in the Test series recently. Ojha claimed 20 wickets in four Tests and should again shoulder the spin responsibility with Ravichandran Ashwin against Australia.