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IPL Staff in Vizag 08 April 2012 - 09:07pm IST

Sachin might play tomorrow: Ojha

MI spinner looking forward to playing in familiar territory

 Mumbai Indians have had an up-and-down start to DLF IPL 2012. After vanquishing the Chennai Super Kings by a convincing eight-wicket margin in the opening game, the Mumbai franchise lost its next encounter to the Pune Warriors India by 28 runs. They now take on the Deccan Chargers in an attempt to get back to their winning ways.

MI’s Pragyan Ojha, who has played in both the games so far, caught up with the media before the match against his former team tomorrow.

Excerpts from his interaction:

On coming back to Vizag


I have played a lot of cricket here [in Andhra Pradesh]. Right from Under-15, I have been playing here. It’s a great feeling to be back.

On Sachin Tendulkar’s injury


I think he is recovering very well. The way things are looking, management will take a call tomorrow. Most likely he is going to play. The response is very positive, and we are hopeful that he will play this game.

On the Deccan Chargers

I think it’s very important that you don’t take any team for granted. Deccan Chargers are a very good side. I was part of them for the past four years. I know the side. They are very talented. As a professional, I believe we shouldn’t be taking it easy. We should give it our best and see that we have a good game.

On playing for the Mumbai Indians


Playing for Mumbai [Indians], it is a very good side. When I see myself playing for Mumbai Indians, it really motivates me a lot. When you play for a side that has so many match-winners, it really encourages you. The way the guys are playing, I would love to be a part of them and win games for them.

On the Vizag wicket


From what I saw [from the match last night], it was turning and holding up a bit. Definitely, it is encouraging for all the spinners who are playing here tomorrow. I am looking forward to it.

On the mood in the camp after the loss against PWI


It’s in the initial stages [of the tournament]. In a way, it has made us more focussed. I believe that with the team we have, we should do really well in this tournament.

On what advice he would give Harbhajan Singh should the MI captain win the toss


I personally feel it would be good if we bat first. But he [Harbhajan] has a lot of experience behind him, he has seen a lot of wickets in India and he is the best person to make the decision.

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