New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: India spinner Pragyan Ojha on Friday announced retirement from all forms of cricket. The 33-year-old had last played for India in 2013 which was also the farewell match of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar at Wankhede Stadium. Announcing his retirement on Twitter, he wrote, "It's time I move on to the next phase of my life. The love and support of each and every individual will always remain with me and motivate me all the time."

"My eventful career has witnessed many ups and downs. Over the time, I have realized that the legacy of a sportsperson is not just the outcome of his hard work and dedication, but also the faith and guidance bestowed upon by the association (team management), teammates, coaches, trainers, and the fans. Their belief fills you with a strong sense of purpose and belonging," it added.

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"My journey with the Indian Premier League has also been a memorable one and the Purple Cap win will always be an indelible memory - a special mention of the teams Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians for making me a part of their legacy," he said.

Ojha made his international debut in 2008 (against Bangladesh) in Karachi. He went on to make his Test debut (against Sri Lanka) a year later.

He went on to play 18 ODIs, 24 Tests and 6 T20I for India and finished with a total of 144 wickets.

In the longest version of the game, Ojha managed to pick 113 wickets, with best bowling figures of 6-47. 

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Ojha has also played for Mumbai Indians and Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He played a key role during DC's title win in 2009. Ojha last played a match in IPL in the cash-rich tournament in 2015 for the Mumbai Indians.

(with ANI inputs)

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