Kolkata, Nov 16: Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha who claimed four wickets today thanked skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for showing confidence in throwing the new ball to him during West Indies' first innings here today.
In reply to India's huge 631 for seven declared, West Indies were bundled out for 153 with Ojha claiming four for 64 opening the bowling with the new ball this morning.
“I thank Dhonibhai as he has shown a lot of confidence in me and R Ashwin. There was quite a bit of turn on offer today and hopefully we will get a bit more turn tomorrow as well,” Ojha who took his 50th Test scalp in the form of Kirk Edwards, said today.
Asked about how he felt about opening the bowling, Ojha said, “I think the main reason is that there was lot of turn on offer. Yesterday the light was too bad so we thought of going with the spin rather than pace.”
Ojha hoped that they would get the remaining seven West Indies wickets early despite a resolute approach by the visitors today as they finished the day on 195 for three.
“Right now, we are in drivers' seat and things are going pretty well at the moment. In the morning, there was some moisture in the wicket and it was doing a bit for us. We hope the same thing happens tomorrow.
“Our guys are bowling superb, hitting in the right areas. We are confident of getting them out early tomorrow.”
The duo have so far returned wicketless in the Windies second innings, but Ojha said they were bowling well.
“We got quick wickets and then the pitch got better. At some point of time, it happens when you think that if I had got one more wicket this would have happened”