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Ojha repays Dhoni's faith with new ball

Press Trust Of India
Nov 17, 2011 at 09:35am IST

Kolkata: Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who claimed four wickets on Wednesday, thanked skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for showing confidence in him and throwing the new ball to him during the West Indies' first innings in the second Test at Eden Gardens.

In reply to India's huge 631-7 declared, West Indies were bundled out for 153 in their first innings on Day 3, with Ojha claiming 4-64 opening the bowling with the new ball in the morning.

"I thank Dhoni bhai as he has shown a lot of confidence in me and R Ashwin. There was quite a bit of turn on offer today and hopefully we will get a bit more turn tomorrow as well," said Ojha, who took his 50th Test scalp in the form of Kirk Edwards.

Ojha thanks Dhoni for giving him the new ball

Pragyan Ojha claimed four wickets as West Indies were bundled out for 153 in their first innings.

Asked about how he felt about opening the bowling, Ojha said, "I think the main reason is that there was lot of turn on offer. Yesterday the light was too bad so we thought of going with the spin rather than pace."

West Indies were 195-3 at stumps on the third day, still 283 runs behind, after India skipper Dhoni enforced the follow-on.

Ojha hoped that they would get the remaining seven West Indies wickets early, despite a resolute approach by the visitors in their second innings.

"Right now, we are in driver's seat and things are going pretty well at the moment. In the morning, there was some moisture in the wicket and it was doing a bit for us. We hope the same thing happens tomorrow."

"Our guys are bowling superb, hitting the right areas. We are confident of getting them out early tomorrow."

The spin duo have so far returned wicket-less in the Windies second innings, but Ojha said they were bowling well.

"We got quick wickets and then the pitch got better. At some point of time, it happens when you think that if I had got one more wicket, this would have happened."

"It's quite normal the way we have been bowling. It's just that we could not get a wicket in the last session. But we were quite happy of our bowling and the way we were hitting the right areas."

Ojha also gave credit to the West Indian batsmen for putting up a good fight in the second innings.

"They also batted well in the second innings. We should give credit to them. Tomorrow, we hope to get them out as soon as possible."

In absence of an out-of-form Harbhajan Singh, the spin attack is hinged on Ojha and off-spinner Ashwin, and he said the duo were enjoying each other's company.

"It's great to have Ashwin. We complement each other. I hope we carry on this partnership while bowling and get lot of wickets for India."

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