Harbhajan fit, ready for selection, says team manager

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2002, 1:30 [IST]
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Port of Spain: Off spinner Harbhajan Singh has recovered completely from his minor shoulder injury and would most probably be included in the team for the second Test against West Indies staring on Friday.

Harbhajan Singh is fit and ready for selection," team manager Gautam Dasgutpa said on Wednesday. Harbhajan Singh had experienced a slight pain in his bowling shoulder while fielding in the tour-opening three-day game against Guyana Board President's XI. An MRI scan showed there was nothing serious but he was ruled out of the first Test nonetheless, his place being taken by fellow off spinner Sharandeep Singh who was especially flown in from India for the purpose. Sharandeep Singh did a decent job in the first Test but captain Saurav Ganguly has already expressed his desire to bring Harbhajan Singh back into the team.

Meanwhile, vice-captain Rahul Dravid has shown no after-effects of the blow that he took on his jaw from a rising delivery by Mervyn Dillon in the Bourda Test. Dasgupta said Dravid was feeling perfectly fine though he has an entirely different kind of problem. "He has a sore throat, a minor irritation in his throat," Dasgupta said.

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