Sticking to basic helped Pragyan Ojha on day one

Bangalore: New Zealand visibly took the upper-hand on the first day of second Test at Bangalore, but left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha was satisfied with the India bowled and felt that taking six wickets on a pitch which did not have much to offer was a good enough performance.

Zaheer Khan bowled well and there was one dropped chance in the day, and the story would have different if the catch was taken. Taking six wickets on this kind of a wicket, which is not doing much, was a good effort,” Ojha said.

After Kiwis put India to bat, Ojha became the first Indian spinner ever to open the bowling and the move did surprise everyone, but he was up for the task and after first few he was on target and scalped four wickets in the day.

“Once the toss was done, Dhoni Bhai was clear that I will ball the first over. I was ready for it,” he added.

Ojha said that he did not try much and bowled according to the line and length.

“I just stuck to the basics and made the batsmen play every ball,” Ojha said.

“There was some moisture on the wicket and the ball was gripping, so I wanted to make use of that. And it paid off,” said the 25 year old Hyderbadi spinner.

By Indian Sports News Network