Ojha wants to shine in T20 WC too

Updated: 31 May 2009 18:17 IST

Pragyan Ojha is now waiting to shine in India colours if given a chance in the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 to be held in England from June 5-21.

Ojha wants to shine in T20 WC too

Kolkata:

Instrumental in Deccan Chargers' triumph in IPL season 2, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha is now waiting to shine in India colours if given a chance in the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 to be held in England from June 5-21.

"I am not thinking much about team selection... It's not in my hands; I had a good performance in the just-concluded IPL and I am waiting for my chance. When it comes, I will grab it in both hands," Ojha said from Mumbai.

"I will like to do well for India... the way I did for my IPL team Deccan Chargers. I hope to carry on with this momentum to England."

The Hyderbad spinner joined his India teammates who will leave for England to play for the ICC World Twenty20 this afternoon.

Ojha gave credit for his overwhelming success to Team India bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad and fielding coach Robin Singh.

"They (Prasad and Robin) helped me in and out whenever I was with the team. We used to do lots and lots of practice.

I'm really grateful to them," the young spinner, who is known to be in India sidelines, said.

The 22-year-old Ojha added in the same vein, "I've learnt a lot being with the Indian team. All senior players including (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni, Yuvraj (Singh), (Rahul) Dravid are very helpful. I also used to do a lot of talking with (Anil) Kumble and Harbhajan (Singh) which really worked for me."

The young spinner, who finished with 18 wickets and took the prize scalps of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in IPL 2, said he had matured as a bowler.

"There is not much change in my bowling. Just that, I'm more confident now. I can now give that extra loop or pace with more confidence. It is helping me get wickets," he said.

On his new found aggression that was apparent in the final, the Deccan Chargers spinner said, "I never show my aggression. Maybe for the heat of that moment, I got a bit worked up in the final."

Ojha's IPL haul put him second behind Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Kumble (21) in the best Indian spinner standings.

The IPL experience, he says, will be a boon for India players to do well in England.

"Everybody had a great experience in IPL. It will help the Indians who had a great match practice in South Africa. We will be keen to defend our title... The English summer will help seamers," said the Bhubaneswar lad.

Ojha, however said they have to deal with the hectic schedule and play like a professional.

"It is going to be hectic. But we are all professional cricketers who will play for their nation. Everything comes at a price. We are doing something for the country and I don't think the hectic schedule will affect us," he said.

Asked which side would be tough to beat, Ojha said: "In T20 cricket, it's very difficult to predict. Any team can win on a given day. In IPL, Delhi DareDevils had a superb run but only to crash in the semi-finals."

India will open their campaign against Bangladesh in the second edition of the ICC World Twenty20 on June 6. The reigning champions are clubbed with Bangladesh and Ireland in Group A.



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