Harbhajan lashes out at lifeless SSC

Published: Friday, August 6, 2010, 15:21 [IST]
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Harbhajan hits out at lifeless SSC

Harbhajan Singh has hit out at the lifeless nature of pitch laid out for the second Test between India and Sri Lanka at the SSC.

A pitch that produced more than 1400 runs, bowlers from both sides had struggled to make an impression during the Test.

"You just can't have one-sided contests where the batsmen dominate," he said. "The seamers run in and bowl their hearts out and get nothing out of it. There should be some purchase on the first two days. Later on, if the spinners bowl well, they should get bounce, if not turn," Harbhajan said.

"People say Test cricket is dying. It is because of such one-sided contests. If you look at series in Australia and England, they get a lot of results because they produce good wickets, wickets that are true. That's the way it should be everywhere," he added.

India-Sri Lanka have had many encounters in the past two years, with the sides clashing in nine Tests, 26 ODIs and four Twenty20s since July 2008. Harbhajan said he did not mind playing anyone, but hinted that players from both camps were bored of the frequent fixtures between the sides.

"I think in the last eight months, we have played a lot of cricket against Sri Lanka. Obviously, the batsmen get used to your bowling and the bowlers know where they're going to play them. But I can't do much about it. I love playing cricket, so that's the way it goes. Who ever you play against, I don't mind. But yes, even the Sri Lankan players feel the same. We have played each other almost every second month in the last eight months, " Harbhajan added.

Harbhajan had struggled for form and fitness in the first Two Tests before returning home, missing the final Test and the upcoming ODI series.


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