Madhya Pradesh right-handed top-order wicket-keeper batsman Naman Ojha has finally decided to hang his boots from international and domestic cricket. The player announced his retirement on Monday.
“I would like to announce my retirement. It is time for me to move on. It was a long journey, I am grateful I had this opportunity and I could fulfil my dream of playing for country and state,” Naman Ojha said in a virtual press conference.
Naman Ojha is a veteran of the Madhya Pradesh team, who is known for his consistency and success in First-class cricket and the white-ball format of the game. Moreover, he has also played for India in the limited-overs cricket but failed to cement his place on the national side.
In the domestic circuit, he is considered a highly capable top-order batsman of the Madhya Pradesh team. He has played for the team for over 20 years.
Ojha made his first-class debut for the domestic side in 2000-2001 season and garnered praises from all around. He successfully went on to play 146 matches, playing a vital role in the success of his team. He has scored 9753 runs at an average of 41.67, including 22 centuries and 55 half-centuries.
Naman Ojha has starred in 182 T20s and 143 List A games, amassing 2972 and 4278 runs, respectively. Ojha was selected as the captain of India A in 2016. He was also picked up by the Rajasthan Royals in the second season of the India Premier League (IPL).
The 37-year old has also represented the Indian national, making his international debut in 2010 and played only a single ODI match, which was against Sri Lanka. He also received a call up in the team for two T20Is after which he never got a chance to play in the format for the national side. Ojha has also sported the India team jersey in Test cricket, however, that too happened only once.