With the IPL nearing its conclusion, Ojha spoke to The Indian Express about his bowling, his future aspirations and the disappointment on missing out on the West Indies-bound squad.
Following a haul of 18 wickets last season, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha is currently the leading wicket-taker in IPL III with 20 scalps for the Deccan Chargers. Ojha is now looking to make a leap forward by becoming the leading strike bowler for his country.
With the IPL nearing its conclusion, Ojha spoke to The Indian Express about his bowling, his future aspirations and the disappointment on missing out on the West Indies-bound squad. Excerpts:
Are you disappointed that you did not make it to the World T20 squad?
One thing is clear in life, there will be ups and down. One needs to know how to handle things. It's just matter of time, I'm confident and happy with my progress. Everyday I want to learn new things and want to continue bowling well.
With 20 wickets so far, you are the highest wicket-taker in the IPL. Are you happy with your performance?
Yes, I'm happy with the way things are going. The most satisfying factor is that my team is benefiting more and we are winning matches. It feels good to perform when the team requires you the most.
How do you plan to tackle Chennai in the semi-finals?
You can't expect a cakewalk at this stage. All four teams are the best sides in the league. Momentum is with us and we are playing good cricket. We won five back-to-back matches to enter the semis. We're all confident and are trying to give our best shot. After all, it's a knock out stage.
What was the problem with the side before the five wins on the trot?
We were committing some silly mistakes, and were not playing complete cricket. But in the final five games, our batting, bowling and fielding clicked in unison. If you need to win T20 matches then you need to do well in all departments.
What kind of a bowler do you want to be?
I want to be a match-winning bowler. I want to be a consistent performer and win matches for my team. There are many bowlers in this country but there are only a few match winners. I want to be like someone who has won the trust of his captain and his team-mates. If my captain throws the ball towards me, he should have the confidence that Ojha can win the match for his side.
Deccan Chargers is a star-studded line-up. Do you feel you are the unsung hero?
No, I don't think that way. People can say whatever they want to, but the most important point is whenever my team requires me to deliver, I should.