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I don't want any international cricketer to suffer like me: Pragyan Ojha


Chennai, July 24: Spinner Pragyan Ojha, who was ignored for the Test series against Sri Lanka, says he is pleased bowling with his rectified action and doesn't want to dwell too much on not being recalled in the Indian team.

Ojha takes 5 wickets

Ojha, back in the mix after 18 months, took a five-wicket haul to help India A bowl out Australia A for 268 in their first innings.

File photo of Pragyan Ojha

"What I went through after 6 years of international cricket, I do not want any international cricketer to suffer the same way in their entire career," he said referring to his brief ban for illegal action.

Harbhajan Singh was retained in the Indian team while made Amit Mishra made a comeback after four years.

On not being considered for the Sri Lanka tour, Ojha said: "Playing for the country is priority for any cricketer. I want to perform and I do not want to question anyone for my non-selection," said the left-arm spinner, who last played for India in November 2013.

He further said: "I am totally concentrating on the games that I am playing. Our plan is to win the first Test against Australia A. Then you have another Test next week and then the one-day tri-series start with South Africa as the third team. I will do my best to win matches for India-A."

Meanwhile, Australia A batsman Peter Handscomb was delighted on being the top-scorer with 91. "I had a discussion with David Hussey, who knows the conditions here well enough. I had come here once two years ago with the Academy boys. I had come here early during this trip to practice.

"I had spent 2 and half month in England before coming here and playing swing there and spin here was not that challenging," said Handscomb.

Asked about the possible outcome of the match tomorrow, he said: "It appears that the first session tomorrow is important. India would try and score quick runs and then bowl us out. We would be looking forward to bowl them out quickly and then chase the total."


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Story first published: Friday, July 24, 2015, 20:16 [IST]
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