Rise of Ashwin to end Harbhajan's Test career

Written by: Shuchi Sridhar
Updated: Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 15:14 [IST]
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Harbhajan's Test career stranded at 98?

With R Ashwin claiming 12/85 in the first Test against New Zealand and Pragyan Ojha picking 6/92, the duo have impressed everyone with their performance, as the turbanator Harabhajan Singh's Test future remains bleak after being recalled for the two T20s against New Zealand and ICC World T20.

The off-spinner who has not played an ODI for India since the June 2011 after the series against West Indies, played his last Test against England at Nottingham in Jul 2011 which suggests that he has not represented India since twelve months, though was quite pleased with the selectors' decision to recall him for the T20s, would not get another opportunity to represent the Test side.

Having played 98 Tests, Harbhajan recently said that he was confident of playing his 100th Test soon, but things do not seem easy, as R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha have so far impressed the selectors as they have improved a lot since their debut, making things tough for Harbhajan.

Ashwin who has represented India in just 7 Tests, has taken 43 wickets at an average of 28.83 with 12/85 being his best bowling figures in Tests.

With a four wicket haul, 4 five-wicket hauls and having grabbed ten wickets or more once in Tests, the tall guy from Tamil Nadu has definitely sent out a message, that he has already cemented his berth in all the formats of the game.

If that was not enough, Pragyan Ojha, who rather has utilised most of the opportunities that has come his way as he has taken 68 wickets off 15 Tests at an average of 32.92 which includes 3 four wicket hauls and 2 five wicket hauls.

Though Ashwin has been the first choice for spinner in ODIs and T20s, Pragyan Ojha has been a consistent performer in all the three formats, but has definitely cemented his place as well.

Though an experienced player like Harbhajan cannot be ignored, his recent form was a cause of worry but the veteran proved that he can make a comeback following his successful stint with Essex, but given his age, and the current scenario the man who has taken 406 wickets from 98 Tests, might have to make way for youngsters, and would not be able to celebrate his 100th Test.


Story first published:  Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 12:13 [IST]
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