Kolkata: Having toured Sri Lanka two years ago with Hyderabad, spinner Pragyan Ojha says he is not new to the conditions at the emerald island and would try his best to utilise the chance to cement his place in the national team.
"The conditions are very much similar. I've to control on my flight and vary the pace. Now, I hope to do well and cement my place in the side," said Ojha, terming his selection for Test series against Sri Lanka as an achievement of his career.
The 21-year-old promising bowler said he would surely be an evolved bowler at the end of the series, which would expose him to the gruels at the highest level of the game.
"Bowling to Sachin (Tendulkar) is a challenge. I've bowled to him in the past, it was a great experience. I'm sure, I'll be an improved bowler after the Sri Lanka tour."
Ojha had made Ranji debut for Hyderabad in the 2004-05 semi-final against Railways at the Karnail Singh Stadium in Delhi, where he scalped seven wickets in a lost cause.
Following a bountiful Ranji season (2006-07) - 29 wickets off six matches - Ojha then got his first India A break - in Zimbabwe tour (on debut he got four wickets).
But it was the next tour (Kenya), where the left-arm spinner caught the eyes. With 11 wickets (including a five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka A) in the triangular tournament (also involving Kenya), Ojha was at his best.
It was his good show for the Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) that ensured that he makes the ODI cut for the tri-series in Bangladesh and then the Asia Cup.
His father Pramod Ojha's happiness knew no bounds. "Now, I can't tell you how much happy am I. I'm proud that I'm Pragyan's father," he said.