New Delhi, Sept 30: Harbhajan Singh has been ruled out of the first two ODI's against England which will begin next month. The National selectors have decided to go with young bowlers and the batting line up remains more or less the same.
Senior players like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and Rohit Sharma have been ruled out of the Indian squad due to injury. Gautam Gambhir, who missed the ODI series in the tour of England because of concussion, who made a come back in the ongoing champions League Twenty20 has been selected.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who will captain India has been given a young pace attack with Praveen Kumar leading the attack following several youngsters like Varun Aaron, Umesh yadav and Sreenath Arvind. Varun Aaron was selected for the India's tour of England but never played a single game, Umesh Yadav and Sreenath Arvind are new faces in international cricket after impressing in the domestic level.
R Ashwin will take over as No. 1 spinner with Ravindra Jadeja being the second spinner. A surprise inclusion has been leg-spinner Rahul Sharma after an impressive performance in first class cricket and last season IPL with Pune Warriors.
Selectors were very impressed with Parthiv Patel and Ajinkya Rahane who played in the difficult conditions of England. Gautham Gambhir will open the batting with either of the two batsmen, the middle order comprises of Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
But the man with 400 test wickets and 13 years of top-flight cricket has been removed and he wont be making a comeback very soon. Harbhajan Singh will be the captain of India Greens and play in the Challenger Trophy in Nagpur from October 10-13. "Harbhajan should play more domestic Cricket", former Indian captain Bishen Singh Bedi said. Anshuman Gaekwad feels Harbhajan has "virtually no follow-through and transfer of weight", which takes the zip out of his off-breaks."
But sources of Mumbai Inidans said, "Harbhajan is a player who thrives on rhythm and confidence and the sessions were basically a feel-good reminder of his capabilities, Maybe he had been anticipating this axe and is keen to get back to his enthusiastic best and set new targets for himself. He is working towards creating more chances for himself. The emphasis was on how to pick up wickets in the middle-overs in ODIs, which could benefit India."
The competition may not be severe for Harbhajan right now. R Ashwin has a long way to go and Rahul Sharma is fresh from experiences in T20. India may need Harbhajan Singh sooner than later.