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Relieved Ojha will let his performance do the talking

Last updated on: July 4, 2012 15:48 IST

Relieved Ojha will let his performance do the talking

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Comeback man Pragyan Ojha is more "relieved" than "happy" after making the cut to the 15-member squad for the five-match ODI and T20 series against Sri Lanka starting on July 21.

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"Obviously, there is a sense of relief that I am back in the ODI scheme of things. Who isn't happy to wear the India jersey? I have been working very hard. I would like to let my performance do the talking for me. My aim is to perform consistently and play in all three formats for a long time," Ojha said on Wednesday.

The left-arm spinner incidentally played last of his 16 ODIs back in August, in Dambulla.

"The new season starts with this tour. Irrespective of the format, if you hit form early, it helps you to carry on the momentum," the 25-year-old said.

Ojha has played some club matches in Chennai for his employers Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) and has been training hard with the Hyderabad Ranji team.



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'I have been trying out a few variations in the nets'

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Asked if he is game to try out new variation just like spin-partner Ravichandran Ashwin's carrom ball, Ojha answered, "I have been trying out a few variations in the nets."

"But I would only try bowling those deliveries once I am fully confident about using those deliveries in match situations," he said.

Ojha has always bowled well with Ashwin operating from the other end and would be happy if he gets a chance to bowl in tandem with the burly Tamil Nadu offie.

"Me and Ashwin have played against each other and together (for South Zone) since our U-16 days. When a quality bowler like Ashwin operates from the other end, you also get confidence and can up the ante."



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