Naman Ojha Announces Retirement From All Forms Of Cricket
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Naman Ojha Announces Retirement From All Forms Of Cricket

Naman Ojha
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India wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on February 15, 2021. He played one Test, one ODI, and two T20Is for India across all formats from 2010-2015. Both his T20Is and only ODI came in 2010 and his only Test came in 2015 against Sri Lanka.

Making his first-class debut for Madhya Pradesh in the 2000-01 season, Nama Ojha played 146 first-class games, scoring 9753 runs at an average of 41.67, scoring 22 centuries, 55 fifties, and a highest of 219*. He also featured in 143 List A games and 182 T20s.

Naman Ojha
Naman Ojha. (Photo: Getty Images)

Naman Ojha Featured Regularly In IPL As Well

Naman Ojha was also a regular feature in the early years of the Indian Premier League having played 113 games from 2009-2018 and making 1554 runs with 6 half-centuries, at an average of 20.72 and strike rate of 118.35. He made 10 stumpings and 64 catches in his IPL career. He played for Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals, and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Naman Ojha added 189 runs with David Warner for the second wicket in IPL 2012, which remains the highest partnership for any wicket by the Delhi franchise as also the fifth highest in IPL history. His last appearance in the tournament came in 2018, playing for Delhi Capitals against Sunrisers Hyderabad. His highest IPL score of 94* came for Rajasthan Royals against Chennai Super Kings in 2010.

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Naman Ojha of the Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates the wicket of Rahul Ajay Tripathi of Rising Pune Supergiant during match 44 of the Vivo 2017 Indian Premier League between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Rising Pune Supergiant held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad, India on the 6th May 2017 Photo by Ron Gaunt – IPL

The biggest reason assumed for Naman Ojha calling time on his career is to do with the dip in form with the bat, despite him giving up wicketkeeping in the later half of his career in domestic cricket. And as a result, he didn’t feature regularly for the side in any of the competitions in the ongoing season.

In his only Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo in August-September 2015, scoring useful runs (21 and 35) and effecting five dismissals. In his only ODI for India, he played as a batsman, opened the innings and scored 1 run. In his two T20I appearances, which came in back-to-back matches on India’s tour of Zimbabwe in mid-2010, Naman Ojha failed to impress, scoring 2 and 10 opening the innings.

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