Ojha happy with bowling on first-day pitch

New Zealand, under the stewardship of skipper Ross Taylor, made a fine batting effort on day one of the second Test at Chinnaswamy, rattling up a satisfactory 300-plus total.

But Pragyan Ojha, who took four wickets, said Indian bowlers did well to grab six on the day. Excerpts:

On New Zealand’s aggression:  It was a good first day wicket. It wasn’t doing much. They were trying to be aggressive – that is what their game plan was. Ross played quite well, but nevertheless, we got six wickets on day one. I think everybody bowled quite well.

On his progress as a bowler: I’ve played 16 Tests so I’ve got some experience. I’m using the crease a lot and varying the pace. I feel if you hit the areas consistently and vary your pace, you’ll be quite successful.

On the nature of the pitch: There was some slow turn was there. The way things are going, it’s a good wicket to bat on. I’m quite confident the batsmen are going to get runs for us on this kind of wicket.

On getting two of his four wickets through leg-before decisions:  I think that shows I’m trying to bowl straight – it’s more like if you miss, I hit. I just keep varying from there. If it straightens, it hits the pad. If it turns, it goes towards the slips. I keep it very simple.

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