I knew I would open bowling, says Pragyan Ojha

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Published: Friday, August 31, 2012, 18:03 [IST]
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I knew I would open bowling, says Ojha

Bangalore, Aug 31: India spinner Pragyan Ojha, while revealing that he knew he would open the bowling, said the wicket is good for batting and expressed confidence that hosts' batsmen too would put up a good score on Saturday.

Ojha took four wickets after being entrusted to open the bowling in the second and final Test against New Zealand at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday. New Zealand, helped by Ross Taylor's quick century posted 328/6 in 81.3 overs.

"Once the toss was done, (MS) Dhoni bhai was very clear that I was going to open the bowling. I was ready for it," said Ojha after the first day's play.

"The ball was new and it was difficult to grip. I was just sticking to basics and making the batsman play every ball. There was some moisture on the wicket and sometime when there is moisture the ball grips, so wanted to make use of that," he added.

On the wicket, he said: "It was a good first day wicket and in this kind of surface, they were trying to be aggressive. I think that is what their game plan was. Ross (Taylor) played quite well too. Nevertheless, we picked up six wickets today and everybody bowled quite well.

"It was a day one wicket, so we couldn't predict the nature of the surface. There was some slow turn. I felt it was a good first day wicket."

"The way things are going it's a good wicket to bat. The kind of batting we have, I am quite confident we can put up a good score."

When asked whether other three Indian bowlers lack discipline, the Hyderabadi answered in the negative.

"I don't think so. Zak (Zaheer Khan) bowled superbly in his first spell. There was one catch dropped, and if that had been taken then it would have been a different story as at that time the pitch doing a bit. I think Ashwin and Umesh bowled well too. Taking six wickets on this kind of a wicket, which is not doing much, was a good effort."
Ojha said the experience of playing at the highest level had helped him a lot.

"I think the experience of playing at the highest level has helped me a lot. I don't have any favourite delivery but if stick to the line and length then I will be quite successful."


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