Wicketkeeper Naman Ojha, who hit 22 centuries, retired in the captaincy of Suresh Raina.


New Delhi: India’s wicket-keeper batsman Naman Ojha has announced to retire from all formats of international and domestic cricket on Monday. The 37-year-old wicket-keeper batsman has played cricket in all three formats of Test, ODI and T20 International for India. Naman Ojha has played one Test, one ODI and two T20 matches for Team India.

Suresh Raina made his captaincy debut

Naman Ojha started his international career in one-day series in Zimbabwe tour in 2010, in that series Suresh Raina was made captain in absence of Dhoni. Naman Ojha played the only Test of his career against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2015.

22 centuries in first class

Naman Ojha, who played cricket for Madhya Pradesh in domestic cricket, played 146 first class matches, scoring 9753 runs at an average of 41.67. In the first class matches, he scored 22 centuries and 55 half-centuries and his highest score was 219 not out.

Apart from this, he played 143 List A and 182 T20 matches, including 113 IPL matches. In the IPL, he played for Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Record was made with Warner in IPL

Naman’s partnership of 189 runs for the second wicket with David Warner in 2012 is still the largest partnership for any wicket for Delhi and the fifth largest in IPL history. He played his last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad while playing for Delhi in 2018.

Naman said, ‘After 20 years of first class and before that many years spent in junior class, I think now is the time to move forward. It was a big journey and the best moment of my life. I am thankful to my coach, trainer, physio, selector, captain, team players, my family, well wishers, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association and Board of Control for Cricket in India, who supported me in fulfilling my dream of playing for the country and the state.


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