Veteran Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who snared 10 wickets during Sachin Tendulkar's farewell Test in 2013, announced retirement from international and first-class cricket with immediate effect on Friday.
The 33-year-old last played for India in 2013 against the West Indies in Mumbai. In all, he played 24 Tests between 2009 and 2013 in which he took 113 wickets.
Ojha, however, did not offer any reason for his retirement.
"I am writing this letter to tender my formal retirement from international and first-class cricket with immediate effect," Ojha said in a statement on his Twitter account.
It’s time I move on to the next phase of my life. The love and support of each and every individual will always remain with me and motivate me all the time ???????? pic.twitter.com/WoK0WfnCR7— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) February 21, 2020
He said the most memorable moment of his career was receiving his Test cap from Tendulkar.
"(It was like) ... accomplishing the feat of taking 100 Test wickets. I hope to continue contributing towards the growth of Indian cricket in every capacity possible," he said.
In the early stage of his career, Ojha had a fruitful spin partnership with R Ashwin in Tests, taking 20 wickets in the 2011 home Tests against West Indies and 13 the following year against New Zealand.
In the heartfelt statement, Ojha thanked a host Indian titans like Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan Singh to name a few.
Ojha, who competed for erstwhile Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians in the IPL, was once reported for a suspect action in 2014. He underwent corrective rehabilitation and was cleared in 2015 but was never a very effective bowler after that, leading to his axing from the national team.
Fans of Ojha took to Twitter to celebrate his international career and remeber his achievements.
I don't know about the Indian team, but Ojha will definitely be remembered for his heroics for DC. Was the saving grace in 2008 IPL. Won us the IPL 2009. Got the Purple cap in 2010.— Lalit Manaswi (@lalitmanaswi) February 21, 2020
Was also one of the few local players represent DC consistently.#PragyanOjha
Well played @pragyanojha ..— Inderjeetjha (@Unknown_Bihari) February 21, 2020
You can look back at your career with a sense of pride and satisfaction.
Over 100 wickets in Test cricket doesn't happen without its share of blood,sweat tears and joy!
Best wishes for the next spell! ???? #PragyanOjha pic.twitter.com/No0eQgo7s2
Best wishes for the 2nd Inning of your life @pragyanojha .— Krishna Jha (@iamkrrish7) February 21, 2020
Your partnership with @VVSLaxman281 against @cricketcomau at #edengarden and your #yogdan always be remembered .
You retired from cricket not from our hearts .#PragyanOjha #retirement