Pragyan Ojha, the Orissa born talent, later grew up in the city of Hyderabad is a sound player and who was seen playing his last ODI in the year, 2012 and last playing in the IPL in 2015. Recently, the former left arm orthodox bowler was seen explaining the reason why the head coach and the captain Rohit Sharma is backing him, Virat Kohli so much. He explained the reason while being interviewed by the journalist Jamie Alter from Times of India, stating,
“When you talk about Virat Kohli, you have to understand the things he has achieved … they are not normal. Getting those 70 hundreds in a span of about 10 years is outstanding.”
He further added,
“Who are the other players who have done that? Not many. That is the reason why Rohit [Sharma], Rahul bhai [Dravid] and the team are backing him.”
Pragyan Ojha, seems absolutely correct that how many cricketers or players are there who have achieved such a milestone as Virat has and also in the matter of just 10 years. Rarely few.
The belief of Ojha on the senior player is so much so that he even says “If he gets that one knock” and all will see the the old Virat Kohli,
“And when you have that Virat Kohli in your team and you’re going for the T20 World Cup and then the 50-overs World Cup, any team would do anything to get him. I think it’s just a matter of time.”
Pragyan also talked about a lot of things about Virat Kohli, touching base on his tremendous conversion rate, setting a bar so high for himself that even making 50 is considered as failure, is what Ojha talked about.
“When you look at Virat’s batting, it is not about the skill or that he’s not timing it well or his fitness has taken a beating. He’s just there, and I think better than others with his work ethic and discipline. The only thing is that maybe mentally he’s a little caught up somewhere. Maybe that’s why he’s been regularly taking breaks.”
It is not only Rahul Dravid, Captain, Rohit Sharma or Pragyan Ojha backed Virat Kohli but another senior player, Robin Uthappa recently, who didn’t expressed concerns or did the backing for Virat but lashed out critics while speaking on Sharechat’s audio forum asking to leave Virat alone.
“We need to just leave him alone and let him play cricket. He knows what works best for him and I believe once he acknowledges his problem, he will be able to sort it out on his own. All we need to do is give him space to be himself,”