• VVS Laxman has always been a supportive captain and his presence in the Test team will also help me a lot," says Ojha, in an interview to The Indian Express on his selection to the Indian team for the forthcoming three-Test series in Sri Lanka.

    Having earned wickets and praise at the domestic and junior level, the news of Pragyan Ojha earning a Test cap surprises none. None but one: Ojha himself.

     

    "To be honest, I was not expecting a Test call so soon," Ojha, who has been selected for the forthcoming three-Test series in Sri Lanka, told The Indian Express. "It came as a surprise to me."

     

    Reality may take some time to sink in, but the Hyderabad left-arm spinner will soon realise he thoroughly deserves it. His stand-out performance - 11 wickets - in the Hyderabad Deccan Chargers's otherwise dismal Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign that landed him a place in the national team for the Bangladesh ODI tri-series and the subsequent Asia Cup in Pakistan.

     

    "The IPL helped me a lot and I

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  • "I didn't set out playing with 10,000 Test runs as a goal. If you play for a long period of time, like I have, you will achieve some of these things," said Rahul Dravid, in an interview to the Hindustan Times.

    If you had spoken to Rahul Dravid during his last weeks as Indian captain, or tried to get in touch with him soon after he stepped down from the job, with a short, crisp statement and little else by way of explanation, you would have known a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders.

    It has now been nine months since that fateful day, and many things have happened in Dravid's life since. He has lost his place in the one-day team, and is mature enough to realise that this is not merely an issue of form - unless there is a dramatic change in policy, and simultaneous injuries to three or four young one-day batsman, he is not going to get a look-in.

    He has shepherded the Bangalore team to second-last place in the inaugural IPL, in the middle of having mud slung at him by

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  • "It's had its share of ups and downs, I admit," he said, when asked of the past year. "But getting to 10,000 in Test cricket has been nice," says the former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid in an interview to the Hindustan Times.

    If you had spoken to Rahul Dravid during his last weeks as Indian captain, or tried to get in touch with him soon after he stepped down from the job, with a short, crisp statement and little else by way of explanation, you would have known a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders.

     

    It has now been nine months since that fateful day, and many things have happened in Dravid's life since. He has lost his place in the one-day team, and is mature enough to realise that this is not merely an issue of form - unless there is a dramatic change in policy, and simultaneous injuries to three or four young one-day batsman, he is not going to get a look-in.

     

    He has shepherded the Bangalore team to second-last place in the inaugural IPL, in the middle of having mud

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