‘Rohit Sharma delivered milk packets to buy cricket kits’- Pragyan Ojha remembers chat with Indian skipper during his building days

'Now when I see Rohit, I feel very proud of how our journey started and where we reached,' said Pragyan Ojha.

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Pragyan Ojha and Rohit Sharma
Pragyan Ojha and Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Former India cricketer Pragyan Ojha has recalled a heart-touching conversation with India skipper Rohit Sharma, adding said that he met Rohit in the U15 national camp. Notably, Ojha and Rohit have played together for the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) and Deccan Chargers (DC) apart from the Indian team.

During an interview with JioCinema, Ojha revealed that Rohit was a very special player in the U15 national camp. The left-arm spinner said that he played against the Mumbaikar and took his wicket during the training. However, he added that Rohit did not talk much during that time but he used to play aggressively against him. He went on to say that at first, he wondered why Rohit is behaving like this to him but added that their friendship began after that.

"When I first met Rohit in the U-15 national camp, everyone said he was a very special player. There, I played against him and took his wicket. Rohit being a typical Bombay (Mumbai) guy, didn’t speak much but was aggressive when he played. In fact, I was very surprised as to why he was being so aggressive with me when we didn’t know each other! But after that our friendship began to grow,” Ojha said.

Now when I see Rohit, I feel very proud: Pragyan Ojha

Ojha then recalled an old conversation with the Mumbai batter, wherein he revealed that the Indian skipper once got emotional while talking about how he bought his cricket kits, adding that Rohit used to buy kits after delivering milk packets. Ojha added that he now feels very proud of Rohit when he sees the position he is currently in. Notably, Ojha and Rohit were part of the Deccan Chargers in the inaugural edition of the IPL. The two cricketers also played together in 24 matches for India.

“He was from a middle-class family and I remember he once got emotional when we discussed how his budget for cricket kits was restricted. In fact, he also delivered milk packets – of course, that was really a long time ago – so that he could buy his kit,” Ojha said.

"Now when I see him, I feel very proud of how our journey started and where we reached,” he added.

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