Pragyan Prayash Ojha is a cricketer, who has represented India in all three formats and Hyderabad in Ranji Trophy. He also represented Bengal for the past couple of seasons as a guest player.
Born on 5th September 1986, he is a slow left-arm orthodox bowler and a left-handed batsman.
He moved to Hyderabad at the age of 13 from Odisha and chose cricket as his profession under the guidance of his coach T Vijay Paul.
He made his debut in first-class cricket in 2004/05 and represented India at the under-19 level as well. Starting from 2004-05 Ranji season, he represented Hyderabad for 11 seasons before switching to Bengal as a guest player.
Ojha made his ODI debut in the Asia Cup at Karachi, June 28, 2008, against Bangladesh, a game which India won quite easily, as Ojha finished with figures of 2/43.
He made an impressive T20I debut in the 2009 World T20 against Bangladesh as he went to finish with 4/21 and was named the man of the match.
He made his Test debut in the 2nd Test in Sri Lanka’s 2009 tour of India at Kanpur, as India won by an innings, with Ojha scalping 4 wickets.
Rise to Glory
He made an impact in the 2009 IPL while playing for Deccan Chargers when they went on to win the tournament. He made debut in all 3 formats in the span of just one year thanks to his performance in IPL. He was awarded Man of the Match for his figures of 5/40 and 5/49 at the Wankhede against West Indies in 2013, in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell Test.
In December 2014, Ojha’s bowling action was found to be Illegal and he was banned from bowling in any competitive cricket match.
A month later, Ojha’s remodeled action was cleared and he was allowed to continue bowling.
He was later not released by the Bengal when he wanted to go back to represent Hyderabad. But after negotiations with Cricket Association of Bengal President Sourav Ganguly, he was given the NOC, and moved back to Hyderabad on 5th October, 2017.
He was initially picked up by Deccan Chargers in the 2008 and enjoyed an excellent couple of seasons, when his team went on to win and reach the semifinals of the league under the captaincy of Adam Gilchrist.
He was then transferred to Mumbai Indians before the 2012 season for an undisclosed fee and represented them for 4 seasons between 2012-2015.
He also represented Surrey in the 2011 season.
Ojha was awarded the man of the match in his debut T20 match against Bangladesh in 2009 ICC World Twenty20 for a figure of 4/21 in June 2009.
He was awarded Man of the Match against West Indies which was Sachin's final match.
On 4th August 2013, Odisha's Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik presented a memento to Ojha for claiming 100 Wickets in Test Format.