London. The Indian team is on the backfoot despite performing well on the third day of the World Test Championship against Australia. Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh believes that the current team India has not shown the fearlessness that is needed to win the ICC title. Bhajji also said that the decision to field four fast bowlers in the World Test Championship final was not correct. He said, ‘There is no shortage of skill. The more big matches you play, the better. I think there is a need to play openly in such matches. We’re getting more defensive. We have to play freely regardless of the result.
Indian team could not win a single ICC title in the last ten years. The condition of the Indian team is bad in the WTC final against Australia. Harbhajan, who came here as a commentator, advised the Indian players to play without worrying about the result.
Harbhajan Singh, who took a hat-trick in the Test match against Australia, said, ‘Put the responsibility on the players and they will surely complete their work. Pressure should be put on them that if they don’t play well, some will be dropped and some will not (their confidence will go down).
Harbhajan said, “He needs to be given the confidence that even if you can’t play well, try your best.” This is how cups are won. Play fearlessly.” Ravichandran Ashwin, the world’s number one Test bowler, had to stay out as India went with four fast bowlers and one spinner.
Harbhajan said, “If the match is of five days, the bowlers have to be selected after seeing 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.
He said, “Perhaps the management did not think much about it and fielded four spinners. Even if someone like Mohammed Siraj or Mohammed Shami was sitting outside, it would have made sense to field four fast bowlers. It would have been better to drop Ashwin and play with two spinners instead of four fast bowlers.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 10, 2023, 07:39 IST