Harbhajan Singh, veteran Indian spinner has suggested a tactical method to get rid of the Australian batsman Steve Smith early while the Indian think tank is still devising plans to dismiss the batsman who scored successive centuries in first two ODIs.
The former suggested that deploying a spin-heavy attack against in-form Steve Smith might lead to his early dismissal in the forthcoming limited-overs and Test series.
Harbhajan Singh: Like To See Smith Batting Against Spinners
Steve Smith didn’t face any difficulty batting against Indian bowlers and send them to the cleaners in the first two ODIs of the 3-match series. He went on to slam rapid-fire hundreds in both matches, which guided Australia to scores of 374 and 389 respectively.
None of the Indian bowlers, including spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, threw a tough challenge at the former Australian skipper. Steve Smith easily foiled and neutralized the Indian attack, amassing as much as 209 runs from two games with the help of 6 sixes and 25 boundaries averaging 104.5.
“I would like to see Smith batting against spinners. You know, Yuzvendra Chahal or maybe Kuldeep Yadav coming in, in the side. They both bowling in tandem and bowl 7-8 overs of spin when Smith comes in. Steve Smith is someone who likes pace on the bat if you take that away from him for some time that might be the key point to get him out,” Harbhajan told India Today after India’s 51-run defeat in the 2nd ODI.
Yuzvendra Chahal and Navdeep Saini were to blame for the series loss as the duo conceded 160 runs and 153 runs respectively picking up 1 wicket apiece in the two games. Mohammed Shami picked up 4 wickets conceding 132 runs while Jasprit Bumrah had 2 wickets conceding 152 runs.
Harbhajan Singh Advises Yuzvendra Chahal To Work Harder And Bowl Slower
Harbhajan Singh also advised leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who has been out of form in this tour so far to bowl slower as he leaked away runs at a hammering rate in first two matches.
“I don’t see anything wrong going with Chahal. It’s the conditions, it’s purely the different conditions what they get in Australia and what they were getting in UAE,” said Harbhajan.
“It’s just as Virat said, Australians know their wicket better than others and they are taking their chances against him [Chahal]. So, my advice to Chahal would be to keep working harder on his game and bowl a little bit slower in the air if possible and you might see some turn on the wicket,” Harbhajan added.
India will now try to bounce back in the third and the final ODI of the series which is scheduled to be played on December 2 in Canberra where Australia will miss services of David Warner, who is injured, and Pat Cummins, who has been rested.