Harbhajan raised questions on Team India
India’s condition worsens in WTC final
New Delhi. Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has questioned the Indian playing XI selected against Australia (India vs Australia) for the ongoing WTC final match at The Oval in London. Bhajji has advocated the inclusion of experienced off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (R Ashwin) in the playing XI. The condition of the Indian team is not good in this match. Apart from Bhajji, many veterans have also raised questions on this playing XI of India. The Indian team management has given Ravindra Jadeja a chance as a spinner along with 4 fast bowlers. Jadeja could only take one wicket in the first innings.
Harbhajan, who is playing the role of commentator in the ICC World Test Championship final, said, “If the match is of five days, bowlers have to be selected after looking at the conditions of five days. Ashwin is an excellent bowler and four fast bowlers were not needed. The fourth and fifth days are also as important as the first day and it is important how you play in those days.
Ashwin’s record against left handers is excellent
Australia scored 469 runs in their first innings. From his side, Travis Head and Steve Smith had scored brilliant centuries. The pitch where the kangaroo batsmen scored centuries, the Indian batsmen were seen longing for every single run. Team India missed Ashwin in the first innings. Who has a great bowling record against left hander batsmen. At present, there are many left hander batters in the Kangaroo team.
‘Lack of boldness in current team India’
According to Harbhajan, ‘Perhaps the management did not think much about it and fielded four spinners. If someone like Mohammed Siraj or Mohammed Shami was sitting outside, then fielding four fast bowlers would have made sense. It would have been better to drop Ashwin and play two spinners instead of four fast bowlers. The decision to land was not correct. Bhajji has advised Indian players to play without worrying about the result.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 09, 2023, 15:46 IST