Indian Premier League 2011-12 January 14, 2012

Ojha moves to Mumbai Indians

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Pragyan Ojha, the India left-arm spinner, has transferred from Deccan Chargers to Mumbai Indians for an undisclosed fee, ahead of the fifth season of the IPL . Ojha had been with the Chargers since the first season of the IPL, and took 62 wickets in 56 matches at an average of 22.19 and an economy-rate of 7.08. He was the leading wicket-taker in the 2010 edition of the IPL, with 21 wickets.

In 2011, Ojha played a less-prolific role for the Chargers. With legspinner Amit Mishra coming into the side, Ojha was restricted to playing just 10 of the 14 league games and took 10 wickets. He has now moved to the Mumbai Indians, who have Harbhajan Singh, the India offspinner, and left-arm spinner Ali Murtaza in their spin department.

Nita Ambani, the owner of the Mumbai Indians, said Ojha's international experience - he has played 14 Tests and 16 ODIs for India - was the reason her team had decided to buy him. "With a spinner of Pragyan Ojha's competence, we fortify our bowling department that has won us many matches in the past seasons," Ambani said. "Ojha is a player of great international repute, and we welcome him with much excitement."

Ojha became the sixth player to be traded in the IPL's January transfer window, which closes on January 20. There will be another short window for trading after the February 4 auction in which the players of now terminated franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala will be sold.

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  • joseyesu on January 17, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    MI- A team always look good on paper(Sachin, Pollard, Malinga, Dinesh karthick, harbajan, Symonds, Franklin). Very high in selection of players. Hats off to that. But players need to deliver

  • rasiramesh on January 16, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Except Chennai Super Kings, No other teams does not know how to use effectively their Players. Some Big Franchise involved in the process of Dismantling other team players and using them for their team. Look at the CSK team in 2011 IPL, they retained most of their players and the other franchise picked some players for big sum but unable to conquer the silver ware from CSK. It does not matter whom playing for which team but how the players play act according to the situation on the field. Dhoni used his players effectively to win 3 in a row (IPL 2010, CLT20 2010, IPL 2011). They have lost the finals spot in CLT20 2011 due to some minor mistakes. this time they would have learnt mistakes in CL and they will make a comeback. Overall CSK is doing good when compared to other teams since they play fair & gentlemen cricket (3 of 4 Fair Play Awards). Most teams lack that spirit & so only getting choked at the end of the tournament. It might have been due to Trade Window Transfers.

  • world.cricketer on January 16, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    please buy Brendon McCullum........will make team can't beat

  • sriramtvsm on January 16, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Hey Friends, don't under estimate Deccan Chargers. They let Ojha go as they already have Amit Mishra who can also bat. They have let Pieterson go as he will not be available for the first half of IPL 5. I am sure they will be bidding for Brendon Mc Cullum, Ravindra Jadeja, Mahela Jayawardhane. Don't forget friends Mumbai Indians can purchase any number of players but they can only play 4 international players and 7 domestic players. So if they are purchasing all these players then they are ruining their career by not allowing them to play. I feel that Sumanth and Rayudu will be back to Deccan Chargers as they will not get the chance to play in the Playing Eleven. They will have to simply sit outside.

  • sumit90 on January 15, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    @Tharindu Vishwanath I think Cricket would be better if IPL is not there....

  • the_Srikanth on January 15, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    IPL format needs a change, should be made similar to NFL. From 2013/2014 onwards, They should have 12 teams divided into 3 divisions. Assuming that the additional cities that will be bought in the auction are Kochi, Ahmedabad & Nagpur (although I would love Kanpur to be one of them to have that part of the country represented). There will be a South division comprising of Chennai, bengaluru, Kochi, Deccan. There will be a West division made up of Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur. There will be a NEC (North-East-Central) division made of Mohali, Kolkata, Delhi,Nagpur. Each team will play its division members twice (Home and away) and play the remaining 8 teams once (4 home games and 4 away games). That way, each team plays 14 games in a season. Team with the best 14 game record in each division gets into playoffs. The 4th team in the playoffs would be a wild card entry, one that failed to top its division but was best among all those who didn't. Playoffs can be done how they do it now.

  • on January 15, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    What a diverse contrast in the IPL!! DC used to be my fav with gilly and gibbsy in it and punjab the worst team, But al of a sudden, sice last year, Punjab became my fav and DC the worst team

  • on January 15, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    what mind of mi ? 2 spelist spinner all ready in this team ali & bajji

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    DC may bid for Mehala Jaywardane and Ravindra Jadeja and Muralidharan.

  • world.cricketer on January 15, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    please plan IPL outside india like aus,nzl,sa,wi,eng that will help youngsters in future

  • joseyesu on January 17, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    MI- A team always look good on paper(Sachin, Pollard, Malinga, Dinesh karthick, harbajan, Symonds, Franklin). Very high in selection of players. Hats off to that. But players need to deliver

  • rasiramesh on January 16, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Except Chennai Super Kings, No other teams does not know how to use effectively their Players. Some Big Franchise involved in the process of Dismantling other team players and using them for their team. Look at the CSK team in 2011 IPL, they retained most of their players and the other franchise picked some players for big sum but unable to conquer the silver ware from CSK. It does not matter whom playing for which team but how the players play act according to the situation on the field. Dhoni used his players effectively to win 3 in a row (IPL 2010, CLT20 2010, IPL 2011). They have lost the finals spot in CLT20 2011 due to some minor mistakes. this time they would have learnt mistakes in CL and they will make a comeback. Overall CSK is doing good when compared to other teams since they play fair & gentlemen cricket (3 of 4 Fair Play Awards). Most teams lack that spirit & so only getting choked at the end of the tournament. It might have been due to Trade Window Transfers.

  • world.cricketer on January 16, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    please buy Brendon McCullum........will make team can't beat

  • sriramtvsm on January 16, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Hey Friends, don't under estimate Deccan Chargers. They let Ojha go as they already have Amit Mishra who can also bat. They have let Pieterson go as he will not be available for the first half of IPL 5. I am sure they will be bidding for Brendon Mc Cullum, Ravindra Jadeja, Mahela Jayawardhane. Don't forget friends Mumbai Indians can purchase any number of players but they can only play 4 international players and 7 domestic players. So if they are purchasing all these players then they are ruining their career by not allowing them to play. I feel that Sumanth and Rayudu will be back to Deccan Chargers as they will not get the chance to play in the Playing Eleven. They will have to simply sit outside.

  • sumit90 on January 15, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    @Tharindu Vishwanath I think Cricket would be better if IPL is not there....

  • the_Srikanth on January 15, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    IPL format needs a change, should be made similar to NFL. From 2013/2014 onwards, They should have 12 teams divided into 3 divisions. Assuming that the additional cities that will be bought in the auction are Kochi, Ahmedabad & Nagpur (although I would love Kanpur to be one of them to have that part of the country represented). There will be a South division comprising of Chennai, bengaluru, Kochi, Deccan. There will be a West division made up of Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur. There will be a NEC (North-East-Central) division made of Mohali, Kolkata, Delhi,Nagpur. Each team will play its division members twice (Home and away) and play the remaining 8 teams once (4 home games and 4 away games). That way, each team plays 14 games in a season. Team with the best 14 game record in each division gets into playoffs. The 4th team in the playoffs would be a wild card entry, one that failed to top its division but was best among all those who didn't. Playoffs can be done how they do it now.

  • on January 15, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    What a diverse contrast in the IPL!! DC used to be my fav with gilly and gibbsy in it and punjab the worst team, But al of a sudden, sice last year, Punjab became my fav and DC the worst team

  • on January 15, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    what mind of mi ? 2 spelist spinner all ready in this team ali & bajji

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    DC may bid for Mehala Jaywardane and Ravindra Jadeja and Muralidharan.

  • world.cricketer on January 15, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    please plan IPL outside india like aus,nzl,sa,wi,eng that will help youngsters in future

  • world.cricketer on January 15, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    also bring zaheer khan.MI will lift the cup

  • on January 15, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    It seems like Harbhajan's form has prompted MI to go for a different specialist spinner. But then I think playing 2 specialist spinners in the 11 might not be a good idea considering none of them is a proven bat. MI could have done with a bowling all rounder instead.

  • uncore007 on January 15, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Going by the performances in Eng-Australia, India might as well stop playing international tests and play IPL all year long. They will generate enough revenue to start an Indian ICC, an Indian world cup and an Indian test championship.

  • Scrop on January 15, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Is chargers management is mad ? They let go Pietersen and Ojha.

    Surely MI are doing good. They are covering all the bases, got an indian Wk, they were missing for 4 seasons and also an well respected and smart spinner to go with Bhajji.

    MI Team: Sachin, Blizzard/Franklin/Suman, Rayudu, Sharma, Symonds, Pollard, Bhajji, Kulkarni, Malinga, M Patel, Ahmed

  • on January 15, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Like we give a damn! Does neone even care?

  • on January 15, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    I think the tournament would be much interesting if it involved Pakistan players.

  • nyroot on January 15, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    I just don't understand Deccan's strategy !! They already lost Kevin Peterson and now they lost Ojha !! As a Deccan fan I'm disappointed !! And, what's the deal with Mumbai? Why are they behind Deccan? They already snatched Rohit Sharma, Andrew Symonds, Suman, Rayudu and now Ojha. Question to everyone - Do we need to support our home teams even though the owners change the team completely every year?

  • KAIRAVA on January 15, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    First, MI bought Rohit Sharma from DC, followed by Andrew Symonds & now Ojha. Wonder what DC is gonna plan for IPL 5 with Kevin Pietersen also leaving for Delhi Daredevils and with an off-colour captain Sangakkara handling a severely weakened team.

  • BoseDeeKay on January 15, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    What is this thing about "undisclosed amount" during transfers and buys in IPL? Why are these not transparent? Inspite of the scrutinization of the BCCI, IPL franchisee's by the Indian Finance Ministry, this is clear evidence that "finance irregularities" within BCCI and IPL top-to-bottom alongwith their part-takers.

  • scorpionsXI on January 14, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    this does it. No IPL from now on. Is there any reason to cheer DC when they are going to sell all their key players from the already weakened squad.

  • Sakthiivel on January 14, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Bhaji will be now left out of MI. Else Ojha will be a worst purchase for MI..

  • jonesy2 on January 14, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    xavier doherty would be a no brainer for an IPL team...

  • on January 14, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    MI are becoming paper tigers... Dinesh Karthik and now P Ojha. Though they are CL T20 champs i doubt if they will win IPL5. . . .

  • on January 14, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    poor dcsn ... dey already had bhajji nd murtaza , y spendng money on 1 more spinner?

  • on January 14, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Ipl 2012 FINAL: MI VS _____. Put any name from other 8.

  • rohitmakhija on January 14, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    n now harby's future at MI is in serious doubts......

  • on January 14, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    That wasn,t a good buy,they already have 3 spinners with them ,just a waste of money.

  • on January 14, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Mumbai will eventlly Buy al the best players and still will not win.. Deccan will miss Ojha But playing for mumbail will defenitely help Ojha to play regularly for Indian team.. good luck Ojha..

  • cricketkumar on January 14, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    ban the ipl..it is ruining indian cricket

  • on January 14, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    see its kinda lyk this they ddnt had 4 proper bowlers,,, coz frst it was m patel,bhajji,malinga and abu,ali,dhawal,,,,,,,,,,,, bt nw 4 prfct bowlrs and they ndd a proffesionel kpr btsmn which is dinesh

    mi is completely perfect now unbeatable kind of unit

  • OhhhMattyMatty on January 14, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Swann, Briggs and Panesar would be the 3 best spinner in this competition.

  • on January 14, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Mumbai Indians have been very smart in their player trade and their purchases. Looks like they will win IPL 2012. My eyes are on them. As there are restrictions for the amount of foriegn players in each team, MI have very talented Indian Players.

  • on January 14, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    from this it is clear that deccan is going to finish the IPL at last.three players from DC are transferred now

  • AABIRSABEEL on January 14, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    i thing MI want to sell harbajan to Panjab?????

  • AABIRSABEEL on January 14, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    i thing MI want to sell harbajan to Panjab?????

  • Avi56 on January 14, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Good to see transfers...but a better new...Mitchell Johnson has agreed to Play the IPL finally after 4 years......It will be such a spectacle to see him playing in an IPL team...take my wordd after Mahela, JOhnson will indeed be the costliest foreign player

  • RSBali on January 14, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Hey, stay away from Valthaty he is going to again fire on all cylinders for Kings XI!

  • on January 14, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    MI strongest... and deccan and punjab lookig the weakest teams ... what the deccan doing ., giving aways all his key player... wht if auction didnt went as they wanted

  • xylo on January 14, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    I hope Sachin Tendulkar also quits from the Indian team to play exclusively for the Mumbai Surf team.

  • KnightTemplar on January 14, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    buy mahela from kochi...........................

  • on January 14, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    is MI Manchester City of IPL?

  • KnightTemplar on January 14, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    God, Blizzard, Rayadu, Rohit, Dinesh, James, Pollard, Bhajji, Oza, Malinga, Munaf.... G8 Team... Mumbai Will Rock....

  • ultimatewarrior on January 14, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Bring back Paul Valthaty also, then I don't think they will require offshore players to the mix apart from Malinga and MI will be strongest team to win IPL

  • on January 14, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    then harbajan future??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Srini88 on January 14, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Probably Mumbai Indians can buy all the other teams and play MI A vs MI B etc..

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  • Srini88 on January 14, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Probably Mumbai Indians can buy all the other teams and play MI A vs MI B etc..

  • on January 14, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    then harbajan future??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • ultimatewarrior on January 14, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Bring back Paul Valthaty also, then I don't think they will require offshore players to the mix apart from Malinga and MI will be strongest team to win IPL

  • KnightTemplar on January 14, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    God, Blizzard, Rayadu, Rohit, Dinesh, James, Pollard, Bhajji, Oza, Malinga, Munaf.... G8 Team... Mumbai Will Rock....

  • on January 14, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    is MI Manchester City of IPL?

  • KnightTemplar on January 14, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    buy mahela from kochi...........................

  • xylo on January 14, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    I hope Sachin Tendulkar also quits from the Indian team to play exclusively for the Mumbai Surf team.

  • on January 14, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    MI strongest... and deccan and punjab lookig the weakest teams ... what the deccan doing ., giving aways all his key player... wht if auction didnt went as they wanted

  • RSBali on January 14, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Hey, stay away from Valthaty he is going to again fire on all cylinders for Kings XI!

  • Avi56 on January 14, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Good to see transfers...but a better new...Mitchell Johnson has agreed to Play the IPL finally after 4 years......It will be such a spectacle to see him playing in an IPL team...take my wordd after Mahela, JOhnson will indeed be the costliest foreign player