Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha on Monday announced retirement from the sport, ending a careere spanning for almost 20 seasons. The 37-year-old has represented India in all the three formats of the game and also has the most number of scalps by a wicketkeeper in India’s premier domestic tournament Ranji Trophy.
Ojha, who has been a regular in the domestic circuit and the Indian Premier League, made his international debut in 2010 in Zimbabwe. However, Ojha’s stint in international cricket was cut short after featuring in an ODI and two T20Is during the series, his incredible outing in Australia – where he notched consecutive double hundreds with India A in 2014 – was instrumental in him debuting in Tests in 2015.
Ojha made his only Test appearance in Colombo, in which the right-handed batsman scored 35 and 21 besides taking four catches and executing a stumping, making him the first Test cricketer from Madhya Pradesh since leg-spinner Narendra Hirwani.
Ojha drew curtains on his career with 9,753 first-class runs at an average of 41.67 and has 471 dismissals, which includes 54 stumpings. He also features in the list of top ten run-scorers in Ranji Trophy and is also leading the wicketkeeper with most dismissals in the same tournament.
Ojha was also a member of the IPL-winning Sunrisers Hyderabad squad and have represented Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils in the lucrative T20 league.