India in England 2014 July 31, 2014

Naman Ojha called up after Saha injury

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Naman Ojha struck three centuries in two first-class matches for India A in Australia © Getty Images

Naman Ojha, the wicketkeeper-batsman, has got his maiden Test call-up taking the place of the injured Wriddhiman Saha for the Old Trafford Test against England starting on August 7.

"Wriddhiman Saha is injured and will soon return to India," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said. "Ojha will replace him as the back-up wicketkeeper."

Ojha, 31, has been in a rich vein of form with the India A side that toured Australia in July. He struck three centuries, including a maiden double-ton in two first-class matches. Ojha's last stint with the national side was in June 2010 for a limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe, but is yet to make his Test debut. He has 6877 runs from 101 first-class matches, putting his average at 42.71. As wicketkeeper, he has 288 catches and 34 stumpings.

Ojha's return to the national set-up came on the back of a productive season for Madhya Pradesh in the last Ranji Trophy: 835 runs from seven matches, his best returns in over a decade of domestic cricket. He was able to capitalise on that form against Australia A striking an unbeaten 219 off 250 balls in his first hit and adding a further 101 not out in the second innings at Brisbane. He was dismissed only once during the entire tour, and that after scoring 110 in the next drawn first-class game.

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  • Dummy4 on August 7, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    naman ojha should be included as a wicketkeeper batsman, MSD should play as a specialist batsman.

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    my team for the next test match: gautam, vijay, pujara, kohli(c), ajinkya, ojha(wk), ashwin, bhuvi, shami, aaron, pankaj

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    So much rightly said by andrewb5walker, we are living in truly strange times, when opposition has given us green turfs we have given them back their remedy, lets recall Perth, Johannesburg, Durban and now Lords, we need green pitches to give us a chance to win tests outside as our mediocre pace attack gets support, but we truly fail on sporting wickets where bowlers need to bend their backs. and now spinners have also started exploiting our batsmen hunger to score.

    My XI with reshuffled batting order will be Vijay,Gambhir,Rahane,Pujara,Kohli,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Bhuvi,Yadav,Ishwar Pandey.......

  • Harsh on August 2, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    My team for 4th test would be : (in batting order) Vijay, Gambhir, Pujara, Rahane, Dhoni, Naman(wk), Jadeja, Ashwin, Aaron, Shami, Pandey (if Bhuvi is feet then fast bowler order will be Bhuvi, Aaron, Shami)

    But, it will be likely Vijay, Gambhir/Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli , Rahane, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bhuvi/Aaron, Shami, Pankaj

    In my opinion, Kohli needs rest, Ashwin/Gambhir/Aaron deserves chance now & Rohit, Dhawan, Pankaj are not in good form, needs to set on bench On good form in Australia, Naman should be in XI, if he is XI, Dhoni can do part-time bowling, which he also likes.

  • Android on August 2, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    MS Dhoni should the same thing what matt prior did for jos Butler. .msd should make a way for naman ojha..definitely he said far more attacking and skillful player than Butler.. He deserves a chance definitely.. Butler will not Find situations as easy to bat on as he did during third test when England ship under steady tide though he also squandered by nicking to slip the out which is not given.. still long way to go..not a easy way!!

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Bring back Sachin Tendulkar. What a malarkey! WPS never would have sniffed a chance under MSD as the WK, and now the taxpayer money is being wasted in hauling NO's behind from down under to England, and NO would remain MSD's shadow on an overcast day .. non-existent. The joke is on us, poor people!

  • Vinod on August 2, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    If they are serious about this series, the one guy who can make a difference is Yadav....bring him on....

  • John on August 2, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Naman Ojha is a career journeyman, 31 years old, who enjoyed a good season in 2013/4. You can pretty much discount his Australian form, playing against second-string bowlers in friendly conditions in the Australian off-season.

    He's been called up as cover for Dhoni in case MSD is injured. I expect that is exactly the way he will be used.

  • Lasantha on August 2, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Give him a chance strait away. This guy can hit the ball so hard and very orthodox batsman. I'm sure he'll be Gilchrist like factor in Indian cricket. We all love Dhoni's batting. But only in limited overs cricket. He's one of the best finishers limited over cricket ever had. When it comes to test cricket, it's a different story.

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    India need to take a brave decision of dropping DHONI who is not at al fit for Test arena and playing Naman as Wicket Keeper batsman.

    BCCI needs to Hand over the captaincy to Kohli tat gives him additional responsibiity to do well and to bring the best out of him.

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