No place for Pragyan Ojha despite England heroics
Just when it seemed that Pragyan Ojha was getting a long run in the India team, the left-arm spinner was excluded from the playing XI against Australia for the first Test in Chennai yesterday.
Team India decided on match eve to give Harbhajan Singh a place in the XI. Ravindra Jadeja, who can also contribute with the bat, got the nod.
Going purely by the performances of spinners in the last Test series against England, Ojha deserved to be the first-choice spinner. Ojha was the highest wicket-taker, claiming 20 wickets in four Tests, while Harbhajan and Ashwin took two and 14 wickets respectively. In the second and third Tests, Ojha had consecutive five-wicket hauls.
Former India opener Aakash Chopra was upset. “Ashwin’s good performance doesn’t justify Ojha’s exclusion, guys. Ojha should’ve been the first name on the list... toss up between others,” Chopra tweeted.