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Unlucky duo of Nehra-Bhajji eyes comeback

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Published: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 17:49 [IST]
 
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Ray of hope for Nehra, Bhajji?

New Delhi, Feb 23: The tale of these two cricketers have been somewhat similar as they do not come under the selectors' radar due to various reasons. Delhi pacer Ashish Nehra and Punjab's Harbhajan Singh have been out of the national squad for a while now, look forward to make a comeback to the national squad, during the Vijay Hazare Trophy match held at Delhi.

The 31 year old Harbhajan, definitely has better chances of making a comeback in the near future while time is running out for the Delhi pacer as he is going to turn 33 soon, as both are trying to make their presence felt in the Vijay Hazare trophy.

These two players do not have great records recently to back them and help them stage a comeback as Nehra bowled two spells to finish with figures 8-0-37-1 while Harbhajan on the other side, bowled 10 overs to finish wicketless after conceding 38 runs during the North Zone leg match of Vijay Hazare Trophy.

But Nehra's bowling did create an impact for Delhi when compared to Punjab's Harbhajan Singh, though the turbanator was their best bowler.

Harbhajan, who has played 98 Tests and 229 ODIs, was trying to restrict the opposition than trying to get wickets.

Is it due to T20, is the question that haunts everyone as he tried to flight the ball during his first spell and conceded 22 runs off 7 overs.

"I felt he did bowl a little flat but again we were not able to hit him and had to score off other bowlers," Bisht, who scored 73, said after the match.

On the other hand, the Delhi pacer, bowled at a brisk pace as Punjab batsman found it difficult to hit him during the powerplay. Bowled extremely well as did manage to get a wicket, to prove his worth.

His new-ball partner Parvinder Awana who has been Delhi's highest wicket-taker said, "Ashish bhais presence always helps. There are times when he creates a lot of pressure at one end and my job becomes easier. He would stand at mid-on or mid-off when I am bowling and constantly encourage me and help me plot a batsman's dismissal."

Nehra, though has been impressive, might find it difficult to stage a comeback as age is up against him, while its the same with Harbhajan as youngsters like Ashwin, Rahul Sharma and Ojha have been performing well making it difficult for the turbanator to comeback to the national side.

With the current team suffering down under, the question is will these players come under the selectors' radar atleast now, if they continue to perform well, remains to be seen.

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