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Pragyan Ojha expects India to come back strongly in the Bengaluru Test

Ojha says Australians have done their homework this time.

By Nilabh Aole -

Pragyan Ojha was the man of the match in the last test he had played for India against the West Indies in Mumbai, 2013 for his 10-wicket haul in the match. Ojha however went through tough times as there were doubts raised about his bowling action.

Ojha made a comeback with a remodeled action and he has been one of the leading wicket takers in domestic cricket. In the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, he has been impressing everyone with his bowling, playing for Bengal.

The left-arm spinner has played 24 tests for India and has taken 113 scalps at an average of 30.26. On Friday, he shared his thoughts about the ongoing four-match Test series between India and Australia. He said “I expect India to come back strongly in Bengaluru, but the spinners need to bowl closer to the stumps. The difference between the Indian and the Australian spinners in the first Test was that O’Keefe and Lyon attacked the stumps more, O’ Keefe in particular. They made the batsmen play and found the edges.”

Ojha further added, “O’Keefe also bowled more up, got the batsmen to drive off the front foot and got the nicks. Our spinners are very good but they just need to make the small adjustment. I played against O’Keefe in the ‘A’ series here in Chennai a couple of seasons ago. He bowled well then too, hit good areas from a rather round-arm action.”

The 30-year old spinner felt that the team can definately make a comaback from being one down in the series with sufficient preparations for the Bengaluru Test. He said, "They have done their homework. I know Darren Lehmann well. He was my coach at Deccan Chargers. He’s a very smart guy. But I am sure the Indians will be a different proposition in the second Test."

Nilabh Aole

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