Naman Ojha would be really cursing himself for the way he batted in his debut test match at the Sinhalese Sports Club.
Ojha has been in the domestic circuit of India forever and has been one of the consistent performers, but, has had to remain in the shadow of the likes of MS Dhoni, Wriddhiman Saha and Dinesh Karthik.
However, finally, after a long wait, he got to play his first game in the whites for India because of the injury to Saha and he desperately needed to grab that opportunity with both hands, but, he couldn’t do that.
It’s true that even if Ojha had got a hundred, he would probably have been left out of the next test match and Saha would have returned to the fold after getting fit, but, a hundred off his bat would have made the competition quite stiff for that wicketkeeper’s slot.
Saha has not totally established himself either in the Indian playing XI. Although, he got a couple of fifties in Sri Lanka, but, there are still doubts over his ability to bat against the quality and potent pace attacks.
So, in such scenario, Ojha had to make a significant contribution with the bat and he was in a position to go big. He had got himself set in both the innings and was looking like comfortable handling the bowlers, but, all of a sudden, he went for the slogs and threw his wicket away twice. It was bizarre.
In the second innings, maybe one could understand that there was a need of quick runs for India and so, that shot was probably justified. But, what happened in the first innings? He was in the middle of a great partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara. Then, why did he go for the slog?
These are some of the questions that Ojha would probably be asking himself more than anyone else asking him.