Can't bowl at Panesar's pace, admits Pragyan Ojha

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 12:06 [IST]
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Kolkata, Dec 8: India's Pragyan Ojha on Friday admitted that the Indian spinners did not bowl well against England in the third Test at Eden Gardens.

Being a left-arm bowler, Ojha seems to be under pressure as his England counterpart Monty Panesar has been performing very well against India in the on-going Test series.

"He's done quite well, got 11 wickets in the first game and has four here. Ashwin and I are trying hard and we've got wickets as well. It's just that it has not happened more regularly," disappointed Ojha said.

We can't bowl at Monty's pace: Ojha

Pragyan Ojha, who has been performing quite well throughout the year, with 30 wickets off 5 matches including Eden Test at an average of 23.46.

Pragyan Ojha has also claimed three five wicket hauls in the year, including two against England in the on-going Test series.

Ojha has been the highest wicket-taker in the series with 17 wickets off 3 matches, while his England counterpart Monty Panesar has claimed 15 wickets off 2 matches. It was the first time in the series Indian spinners struggled a lot to get assistance, as Pragyan Ojha had be content with 3 wickets, while R Ashwin managed to get one wicket in the Eden Test.

"Here, the wicket has not been doing much. Yesterday, I was trying to get early wickets but I spoke to myself last night and today and said I should not be giving away easy runs. The outfield is very fast. I don't like to bowl to restrict a batsman, but I don't like to give him easy runs either," added Ojha, who has been the most successful Indian bowler in the on-going Test series.

Moreover, Ojha also added that he couldn't bowl at Panesar's pace.

"I have seen a few matches of Monty and he bowls with that pace, it's his natural pace. Guys like me and Ashwin can never bowl with that pace. We are different. You can't ask someone bowling at 80-84 kmph to come into a game and start bowling at 100," he said.


Story first published:  Saturday, December 8, 2012, 8:23 [IST]
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