Ponting admits Harbhajan being a step ahead of him

Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 16:34 [IST]
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Ponting admits Bhajji being a step ahead

Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has admitted that Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is one of the few bowlers in world cricket who has maintained a good track record against the Australians and dominated him in particular down the years.

Harbhajan was instrumental in India's 2-1 series win during Australia's tour of India in 2001 and has had a consistent performance against the Aussies since then.

However, the 30-year-old looked in some discomfort during training on Monday, and was later taken to hospital for MRI scans.

“None of the other off spinners have their way around me as Harbhajan does," Ponting told ESPN.

“So I have to give it to him. He has bowled very well against me," he said.

Harbhajan"s lower order batting has also frustrated Australian bowlers on few occasions.

Australia lost their commanding positions against India at Bangalore and Nagpur during the 2008 Test series due to half centuries from Harbhajan after the top order had collapsed.


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