Pragyan Ojha has fallen in the pecking order behind Ravindra Jadeja as the third specialist spinner with remote chances of playing a Test series overseas but the Odisha-born Hyderbad left-arm spinner is not ready to throw in the towel yet.
India`s left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja was cautioned by Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar for his wild celebrations after taking Australian opener David Warner`s wicket, on the third day of the fourth cricket Test at the Ferozeshah Kotla, on Sunday.
"It`s not a Day One wicket", were Australian all-rounder Steven Smith`s first few words after the visitors once again struggled to come to terms with the Indian spinners on a crumbling Feroz Shah Kotla track here, on Friday.
The pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla is in the news again. It has shown signs of cracking on day one of the fourth Test between India and Australia. The experts do not see the match lasting the full five days.
Quite what Pragyan Ojha had done wrong was unclear as he wasn’t in the Indian playing eleven for the first two Tests against the Aussies on spin-friendly tracks, even after emerging as the leading wicket taker for India in the last Test series India played – against England.
Skipper Alastair Cook continued to torment India with yet another gritty batting display while Kevin Pietersen returned to form with an unbeaten half-century to give England a slight advantage in the second cricket Test here on Saturday.
India tightened their grip on the first Test as New Zealand were struggling at 106 for five in the first innings, still needing 133 runs to avoid the follow-on, after the second day`s play in the first Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Uppal, here Friday.