Indian Premier League 2011-12 January 14, 2012

Ojha moves to Mumbai Indians

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • joseph 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

  • Ramesh 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 on January 16, 2012, 6:58 GMT

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

  • sriram 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2012, 15:28 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2012, 10:15 GMT

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

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

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

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