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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have cleared Pragyan Ojha’s bowling action.
Ojha, who was suspended from bowling in December, made his domestic return on Friday during Hyderabad’s Ranji Trophy match against Himachal Pradesh.
“It’s hard to describe but yes, I am delighted that I have overcome the glitches in my action,” Ojha told ESPNcricinfo. “I have managed to get the corrections in place sooner than I expected. That is something I am certainly glad about.
“The momentum of the body wasn’t happening naturally. When the body weight doesn’t get transferred properly, you tend to use wrong muscles. That is what was happening to me.
“First three-four days, I just couldn’t do it. My body wasn’t responding to at all. But all my close ones really helped me out. Both the specialist coaches, [VVS] Laxman and three of my close friends – Amol Shinde, Alfred Absolem and PS Niranjan [all first-class cricketers from Hyderbabad] kept me focused and positive.
“It was a terrible feeling. Even when I would walk or go to a ground for training, people used to give a strange look. It was as if I had committed a crime. It used to hurt. But then I realised the only way I can change their approach is by getting things right myself.”
However, Ojha is glad to have moved on from this tough incident and resumed his professional career.
“I just hope that the worst is behind me and hopefully this topic will not hound me anymore,” he said. “I hope that I would be able to play cricket at peace and without any strange looks.”
When asked if he was thinking about the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, Ojha said: “Forget about anything, even picking wickets isn’t on my mind right now. I am just happy to get out there on the park. I know how I have coped for having been unable to play.”