Jaipur: Having already scored two half-centuries and a match-saving century in this season, Madhya Pradesh wicketkeeper batsman Naman Ojha wants to build on to the starts that he has got so far for the remainder of the season.
"I wanted to begin my season with good scores and that's what happened, so I now want to continue the momentum for the remaining season," Ojha told Cricketnext.
MP were in dire straits in their Ranji Trophy game against Rajasthan on Monday, having trailed the hosts by 123 runs, when Naman Ojha went into bat in the second innings with his opening partner Zafar Ali. And the 29-year-old played one of the best innings of his 12-year first-class career as his unbeaten knock of 102 placed his side in a position from where it would be difficult for them to lose.
While speaking to Cricketnext before the beginning of this season, Ojha had said that his main aim for this season would be to score runs consistently and the right-handed batsman is happy from the fact that so far he has been able to do that.
"I was disappointed for not converting the starts that I got against Gujarat in the season opener, so it's pleasing that I have got a hundred now and I am also happy that the runs I have scored here will probably help my side in saving the game," he said. “My main aim from hereon will be to keep scoring runs and put my case forward for the selection to the higher level.”
Ojha came to this season on the back of India A's tour of New Zealand, where he made 62 in the second of the three List A matches, and his campaign with Delhi Daredevils, his IPL franchise, in the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa where he could not contribute much.
While playing for Daredevils, the wicketkeeper batsman - who opens the batting for MP, was asked to bat lower down the order, and as expected, he couldn't match his performance of 2009-10 IPL season when he was a part of the Rajasthan Royals and Shane Warne, the then captain of the franchise, used him in the top order where he thrived by being in the top ten run getters.
But Ojha said he understood the need of the Daredevils as they have some quality foreign recruits and instead of getting disappointed he is trying to mould his game for the requirement of his franchise. "I am always ready to open for whichever side I play for but it also depends what the team requires," he said. "I am also making efforts to evolve my game so that I can be useful for my side [Daredevils] lower down the order."