Veteran left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect. He last appeared for India in an international game in 2013 when he claimed a 10-wicket haul during Sachin Tendulkar's farewell Test match against the West Indies.
In December 2014, Ojha was barred from bowling in competitive cricket after his action was found to be illegal. He later resumed bowling in January 2015 when he cleared the bowling test.
Ojha finishes his 13-year first-class career with a voluminous tally of 424 wickets at an impressive average of 28.60.
His final first-class game was for Bihar, with whom he had a very short stint after serving with Hyderabad for a lengthy period in the domestic circuit.
He has donned the national jersey at the highest level in 24 Tests, 18 ODIs and six T20Is. He made his debut in 2008 in the Asia Cup against Bangladesh and gradually developed into an integral member of the Indian side, although his services were primarily preferred in the red-ball format.
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 ???? pic.twitter.com/WoK0WfnCR7— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) February 21, 2020
Despite being known for inflicting greater damage with his loopy off-spin in the longer version of the game, Ojha played a pivotal role in the now-defunct Deccan Chargers' Indian Premier League title win in 2009.
"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 detailed statement shared on Twitter.
"My eventful career has witnessed many ups and downs. Over the time, I have realised that the legacy of a sportsperson is not just the outcome of his hard work and dedication, but also the faith and guidance bestowed upon by the association (team management), teammates, coaches, trainers, and the fans.
"I am very thankful to Mr. V.V.S Laxman for mentoring me like an elder brother, Mr. Venkatapathy Raju for being the role model I always looked to emulate, Mr. Harbhajan Singh for being a constant adviser and Mr. M.S. Dhoni for providing me with the honorable opportunity to wear the Indian Cap. Lastly, I am certain that looking back at my career will always fill me with a sense of pride. The most memorable moments would be receiving my Test Cap from Mr. Sachin Tendulkar and accomplishing the feat of taking 100 Test wickets. I hope to continue contributing towards the growth of Indian Cricket in every capacity possible."