Wicket didn`t help much, so I stuck to basics: Ojha

New Delhi: With the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch not offering much help to the bowlers, Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha said he stuck to the basics to scalp the three West Indies wickets on the opening day of the first cricket Test.

Ojha was the pick of Indian bowlers as he removed the top three West Indies batsmen restricting the visitors to 256 for five at stumps on the first day.

"There was not much in the wicket for bowlers, so I stuck to one line, played with basics. I just tried to put the ball in the right areas and did not do any other thing," Ojha said at the post-match press conference.

He said his county stint in England had helped him hone his skills which came in handy on Sunday.

"My last match was against New Zealand and I played county cricket after that. I honed my skills there, learnt variations and that helped me a lot. I also take advice from Anil Bhai and Bhajji whenever I feel," he said

Ojha praised West Indian veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul whose unbeaten 111 frustrated the Indians on Sunday, describing him as one of the legends of the game.

"He (Chanderpaul) is one of the legends of the game. But more than the pitch which helped the batsmen, he was using all his experience. It was a nice contest with him. There were a couple of half chances and I thought I should have got him. I hope I can take his wicket tomorrow," Ojha said.

"West Indies batsman were not trying too much. They were playing straight and did not play fancy shots. I hope we can take the remaining five wickets soon tomorrow," he said.

Ojha was delighted that he removed opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who scored 63, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni successfully stumping the batsman.

"I was delighted with the wicket. I think he was beaten by the flight," said Ojha, describing it best his pick today.

Asked how he felt being the senior spinner in the team in the absence of Harbhajan Singh, Ojha said, "I took it in a positive way. I tried not to think much and focus on my performance. I take advice from Anil bhai, Bhajji, VVS Laxman and Dravid. They told me to play in county cricket. They want me to do well for the country."


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