The continuing Highway Security World Sequence cricket event is a uncommon alternative for cricket followers to set the clock again and wallow in nostalgia, watching legends of yesteryear in full movement once more.
Pragyan Ojha who retired from Worldwide cricket in February 2020, is a part of the Indian Legends workforce. He says he feels nice to be again on the sector, rubbing shoulders along with his former teammates.
“Since this tourney is for retired players, we are enjoying each other’s company. It’s always a great feeling for any cricketer to be back on the field, especially since last year was so bad,” says Ojha.
The left arm spinner says what he misses most is the dressing room environment. “Because that’s the place where all the stories emerge from. The dressing room is always filled with fun and laughter and it’s the place everyone wants to be in, a place where you make and create great memories. On the field the focus is on performance, but in the dressing room, you always want to pull others legs,” he laughs.
Apparently, it was Sachin who impressed everybody once they entered the bottom on the primary day. “He said, ‘read what is written on our T-shirts; it’s the Indian team, so it is our responsibility to give our 100 per cent,’” Ojha stated, including, “We bonded big time; and for the recent Maha Sivarathri we had dinner together.”
“Paa ji (Sachin) was talking about the challenges he faced when he was new to cricket, his life lessons, how he managed to adjust to things during the tours, how things have changed in cricket and how players have transformed, his itinerary as a 13-year-old boy, his struggles, preparation for matches, etc.”
Speaking of one other legend, Virendra Sehwag, Ojha says the ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ has an incredible sense of humour. “Viru’s wit keeps the dressing room alive; he is very unique and different. His one-liners always trigger laughter,” he reveals.
“Our performance is a reflection of how well we have been bonding and having fun. We have been spending quality time with each other and that is helping us give our best,” says Ojha, who performed 24 Exams and 18 ODI’s for the nation. In the meantime, taking part in in a bio safe bubble is an entire new expertise, the 34-year-old admits.