Indian Premier League 2011-12

Ojha moves to Mumbai Indians

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 14, 2012

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Pragyan Ojha celebrates dismissing M Vijay, Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2011, Chennai, May 1, 2011
Pragyan Ojha took 62 wickets in four seasons with the Deccan Chargers © AFP
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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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Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by world.cricketer on (January 16, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by coolfrnd_90 on (January 15, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (January 15, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (January 15, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

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

Posted by 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

Posted by world.cricketer on (January 15, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

also bring zaheer khan.MI will lift the cup

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by   on (January 15, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

Like we give a damn! Does neone even care?

Posted by   on (January 15, 2012, 2:24 GMT)

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

Posted by 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?

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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..

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 14, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

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

Posted by   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. . . .

Posted by   on (January 14, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (January 14, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

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

Posted by rohitmakhija on (January 14, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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..

Posted by cricketkumar on (January 14, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

ban the is ruining indian cricket

Posted by   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

Posted by OhhhMattyMatty on (January 14, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

Posted by AABIRSABEEL on (January 14, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

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

Posted by AABIRSABEEL on (January 14, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

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

Posted by 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

Posted by 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!

Posted by   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

Posted by 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.

Posted by KnightTemplar on (January 14, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (January 14, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

is MI Manchester City of IPL?

Posted by KnightTemplar on (January 14, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

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

Posted by 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

Posted by   on (January 14, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

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

Posted by 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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