Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha has been called up to join Team India in England as replacement for Wriddhiman Saha, who sustained an injury, for the fourth Test of the Investec series.
According to the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, Ojha is expected to leave for England by August 4 to join the squad for the fourth Test, which starts from August 7 at Manchester.
The MP cricketer has been in fine form and has recently scored three consecutive centuries during India "A" tour Down Under. He scored 430 runs in three innings with the help of some outstanding knocks – 219 (not out), 101 (not out) and 110.
If Ojha gets a chance to play in England, it would be his debut Test. The right-hander made his One-Day International (ODI) debut against Sri Lanka at Harare on June 5, 2010. In the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) he played for the Hyderabad franchise -- Sunrisers Hyderabad.
On Thursday, England team thrashed listless Indian team by 226 runs on the fifth day of the 3rd Test to level the five match Test series 1-1. Now the fourth Test of the series will be played at Manchester starting from August 7.
While chances of him making his debut are quite unlikely, considering his recent form, he could replace any of the out of form batsmen from the middle-order.