Pragyan Prayash Ojha (born 5 September 1986) is an Indian cricketer, who has represented India in Test, ODIs and T20. He is an attacking slow left arm orthodox bowler and left-hand tail-ender batsman. He currently plays for Hyderabad in the domestic Ranji Trophy and also has played for Bengal as a guest player in Ranji Trophy for couple of seasons (2015/16-2016/17). He has achieved World no 5 as his career best ranking in ICC Player Rankings. He is the first and one of the two spinners to ever win the Purple Cap in the Indian Premier League. He has joined Bihar cricket team as a guest player for 2018/19 season of Ranji Trophy.
|Full name||Pragyan Prayash Ojha|
|Born||5 September 1986|
Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Bowling||Slow left arm orthodox|
|Test debut (cap 261)||24 November 2009 v Sri Lanka|
|Last Test||18 November 2013 v West Indies|
|ODI debut (cap 174)||28 June 2008 v Bangladesh|
|Last ODI||24 July 2012 v Sri Lanka|
|T20I debut (cap 23)||6 June 2009 v Bangladesh|
|Last T20I||13 June 2010 v Zimbabwe|
|Domestic team information|
Source: Cricinfo, 25 June 2018
Ojha made his debut in first class cricket in 2004/05 and represented India at the under-19 level as well. He finished the 2006–07 Ranji Trophy season with 29 wickets with an impressive average of 19.89 in just 6 games. The left arm spinner is known for his ability to flight the ball.
His earliest pursuit in cricket was at the age of 10, when he went to Sahid Sporting Club for a summer camp in Bhubaneswar under Sasang S Das, while studying at D.A.V. Public School, Chandrasekharpur. Three years later, he moved to Hyderabad and joined Bhavan's Sri RamaKrishna Vidyalaya in Sainikpuri, Secunderabad and choose cricket as his profession under the guidance of his coach T Vijay Paul.
Ojha represented Hyderabad Cricket Association in domestic cricket from 2004 till 2015, then played for Cricket Association of Bengal as a guest player for couple of seasons (2015/16-2016/17). He has previously played for Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. His high success in the first couple of seasons in domestic cricket and the IPL ensured his selection in the 15-man Indian squad for the Bangladesh tour and Asia Cup in 2008.
He played his first One Day International match against Bangladesh on 28 June 2008 in Karachi and ended up with figures of 2/43.
On 24 November 2009, Ojha made his Test debut in the Second Test against Sri Lanka in Kanpur, replacing Amit Mishra and gaining figures of 2/37 off 23 overs and 2/36 off of 15.3 overs in India's 100th Test win. He then took five wickets in the Third Test in another innings win for India, taking nine wickets at 28.66 in two Tests. Ojha became the 800th and final Test victim of Muttiah Muralitharan, the highest wicket-taker in Test history.
In his T20 debut against Bangladesh on 6 June 2009, he took 4/21 in four overs. He was awarded Man of the Match for his outstanding and match-winning performance.
He has performed exceedingly well in the six editions of IPL, earning him the praise of his captain Adam Gilchrist and Sachin Tendulkar. He was all the more successful in the second season, which ensured his selection in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England. IPL 3 he was awarded the Purple Cap for picking up the most number of wickets in the tournament. He has been part of 3 IPL winning teams (1 for Deccan Chargers & 2 for Mumbai Indians) & 1 champions League for Mumbai Indians.
In August, 2011 he signed to play for Surrey for the final few weeks of the 2011 season. His 24 wickets in 4 games helped Surrey to promotion to Division One of the LV County Championship.
In November, during the First Test of the West Indies Tour of India he staged a marvelous comeback taking 6 wickets for 72 runs in the first innings.
In December, 2014 Ojha was barred from bowling in competitive cricket after his action was found to be illegal. Later on 30 January 2015 Ojha cleared the test and was allowed to resume his bowling.
Pragyan was born in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. He moved to Hyderabad at the age of 13 and since then he has been residing there with his family. His parents are Maheswar Ojha (retired State Govt. Officer) and Bidulata Ojha (M.A in Literature). On 16 May 2010 he married Karabee Kailash who was pursuing PhD in Biochemistry at University of Hyderabad, daughter of Kailash Chandra Baral and Chanchala Naik both professors at English and Foreign Languages University.
- Ojha was awarded man of the match in his debut T20 game versus Bangladesh in 2009 ICC World Twenty20 for a figure of 4/21.  on 6 June 2009
- Ojha was awarded Man of the Match for his outstanding figures of 5/40 and 5/49, against West Indies which was Sachin's last and 200th test match, 14-16 Nov 2013.
- Ojha was awarded IPL Jury's Best Bowler at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai on 23 April 2010.
- Odisha's Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik presented a memento to Ojha for his completion of 100 Test Wickets on 4 August 2013.
- Pragyan Ojha transfers to Mumbai Indians from Deccan Chargers
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- "Pragyan Ojha's Ban Does Not Surprise Sunil Gavaskar". NDTV Sports. 28 December 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
- "Raju inspired me to play for India: Ojha". cricketnext.com. Archived from the original on 10 August 2008.
- "List of domestic transfers ahead of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy season". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 October 2018.