India’s vice-captain, Rohit Sharma, recently took to Instagram to share a photograph with former teammates Suresh Raina and Pragyan Ojha, which was taken during India’s tour of New Zealand in 2009.
The throwback image contained a picturesque background of the beautiful country, with the three players of the Indian squad, back then.
Also, Rohit took a dig at the recently-retired off-spinner, Ojha, with a hilarious caption on the post. “(From the archive) First New Zealand tour for 3 of us way back in 2009 remembering how beautiful your smile is Ojha,” wrote Rohit.
On that tour, after losing the T20I series, India won the five-match ODI series 3-1. The tour culminated with the historic 1-0 Test series win on New Zealand soil for India.
Since then, the career graphs of the three former teammates have gone separate ways. Both Raina and Rohit turned out to be batting mainstays for India under MS Dhoni.
After languishing lower down the order, Rohit’s career transformed since his move at the opening slot in the 2013 Champions Trophy.
Raina, until the 2015 ODI World Cup, did exceptionally well for India in the lower-middle order. But, his fortunes changed after one bad series against South Africa, the same year.
Ever since Raina has failed to find a permanent spot for himself in the Indian team. Further, the rise of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, led to Ojha receiving the axe in the national setup.
Ojha drew curtains on his cricketing career earlier in February this year. Both Ojha and Rohit were part of a title-winning campaign for Deccan Chargers (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2009. Also, Ojha and Rohit had a successful stint at the Mumbai Indian (MI) camp.
Rohit, along with Raina, has been quite active on social media, with the cricketing world in a lull, due to the ongoing pandemic situation.