Former Indian wicket-keeper-batsman Naman Ojha announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday, laying the curtains for a two-decade-long illustrious domestic career. The 37-year-old from Madhya Pradesh, who holds the record for the most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in the Ranji Trophy, has competed in one Test, one ODI and two T20 Internationals.
“I would like to announce my retirement,” Ojha, struggling to hold back tears, said during a virtual press conference.
“It is time for me to move on. It has been a long journey, I am grateful that I had this opportunity and that I could fulfill my dream of playing for country and state,” he said.
Ojha made his international debut in 2010 in his only ODI against Sri Lanka, followed by his first T20I match in Zimbabwe a week later. His only test came in 2015 against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
While Ojha’s international career never took off, the Ujjain-born player has played 146 first-class games, accounting for 9,753 runs with 22 hundreds against an average of 41.67 in a career spanning two decades.
The right batsman was excellent in the domestic circuit, both with the gloves and the bat.
In the 143 List A and 182 T20s games, Ojha collected 4,278 and 2,972 runs, respectively.
He last appeared in a Ranji Trophy match for MP against Uttar Pradesh last January.
He had led MP in that match of the Ranji Trophy Elite Group B in Indore.
In the Indian Premier League, Ojha played for Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils.
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