Harbhajan Singh Feels Fingers Spinners Need to Give Best in ODI Cricket
Indian National Cricket Team spin sensation of his time Harbhajan Singh has revealed the fingers spinners must give their best in a bid to stay long in the One-day International (ODI) competition. Harbhajan said it gets difficult for such bowlers of such trait if they don’t improvise.
The premium off-spinner Harbhajan reminisced about the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. He stated the left-arm orthodox spinner made to the playing XI. Harbhajan added if the situation would remain hot and humid in England and Wales we might see the introduction of Jadeja in the line-up.
“If you remember, during the 2017 Champions Trophy, the weather in UK was hot and humid. So, if conditions are same, Jadeja could still be used as a package,” Harbhajan told Times of India.
Harbhajan on Jadeja:
The 38-year-old veteran Harbhajan maintained Jadeja should be introduced at number six if the opponents include too many left-handed batters. He remarked Jadeja is best in the business on the field.
“If the opposition team has five to six right-handers in their line-up. Play him as No.6 with Hardik Pandya as No.7. Also, he is still your best fielder,” Harbhajan added.
Here, it becomes pertinent that the selection committee overlooked Jadeja alongside Ravichandran Ashwin following the 2017 ODI series against the Windies.
Interestingly, the MSK Prasad-led senior selection committee for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) saw leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav putting in hard yards to excel in the limited-overs cricket.
In addition to, Ashwin and Jadeja remain at a tangent ahead of the 2019 World Cup. And Harbhajan feels finger spinners are supposed to give their best on consistent bases—to make felt their presence. However, Harbhajan sees Jadeja in the coveted line-up for the ODI showpiece.
The Rajkot lad Jadeja, who’s the part of India’s limited-overs competition for New Zealand didn’t get a single game in the recently-concluded five-match series. However, India’s all-rounder performance saw them clinching the series 4-1.
Kuldeep-Chahal consistent with the ball: Harbhajan
Harbhajan believes wrist spinners have had an impact than off-spinners. He added the overseas batters are trying to read the bowlers after the bowl lands which make it doubly difficult.
Besides, Harbhajan has heaped praise on Chahal and Kuldeep. He reiterated the duo bowled with precision and stated their success lies in the pitch map. He asserted the wrist spinners rely on their variations.
“The art of reading the spinners out of the hand is on the decline. Most of the overseas batsmen, if you see, are trying to read wrist spinners after pitching and that’s dangerous. However, Kuldeep and Chahal have been very consistent,” Harbhajan concluded.
On the other side, the three-match T20I series will commence from February 6 in Wellington.
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