England tour of India - Cricket: Harbhajan likely to replace Sharandeep
Published: Friday, February 22, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
Mumbai: Keen to finally wrap-up the series after missing the chance in Delhi, the Indians will most likely return to their best combination and bring back Harbhajan Singh in the final One-day International against England here on Sunday.The Indians realise that it would be England who will take the honours if the series ends in a draw and they are taking no chances with Sundays day-night encounter. Team sources on Saturday indicated that Harbhajan, who had been left out of the Delhi match, which the Indians lost by two runs, would be back in business, replacing fellow off spinner Sharandeep Singh.Coach John Wright had on Friday said the team would persist with the opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag as they have been giving the team a flying start in this series.Skipper Saurav Ganguly will come at number three followed by Dinesh Mongia, Mohammed Kaif and Hemang Badani. Wicketkeeper-batsman Ajay Ratra, who has been giving some solidity in the lower order, along with Ajit Agarkar, leg spinner Anil Kumble, and Javagal Srinath will comprise the playing eleven for Sundays match. On the other hand, England is unlikely to make many changes to its winning combination. After a creditable performance in the Test series, which it nonetheless lost 0-1, the English have been giving the Indians a run for their money in the One-dayers too.