Harbhajan shouldn't be ignored, says Ganguly

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Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 12:36 [IST]
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Bhajji should play all formats: Ganguly

New Delhi, Aug 29: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly feels the turbanator Harbhajan Singh who has been recalled for the two T20 internationals against New Zealand and World T20 should be a regular member in the squad for all formats.

Ganguly added that Harbhajan deserves a berth in all the three formats of the game as he has been the most experienced player and also pointed out that BCCI should not have kept him out of the team for more than six months.

"I feel he is still one of the top-three spinners in India. He should not have been out for more than six months. He has been playing domestic cricket for too long now. Someone who has almost 700 international wickets to his name would walk into any side," Ganguly added.

Harbhajan who played his last ODI against West Indies in July 2011, is currently playing for English county Essex.

Harbhajan who had a rough patch, was ignored by the selectors as he has not played an ODI since July and Test since August 2011.

For a person who has claimed 406 Test wickets off 98 matches, with a best of 15/217 in a match, which also includes 25 five wicket hauls and a person who has claimed ten wickets or more five times in his career, is definitely a good bowler and can never doubt his talent.

Ganguly also referred to this point and felt the selectors should have given him another opportunity last year, when they played at home or for the tour Down Under.

But he also felt it wasn't late as he deserved the place in all the three formats especially after proving his worth in the county stint with Essex.

"The selectors should have spoken to him and told him that 'we are giving you six months to improve your bowling' and that should have sorted out the matter. You are bound to have a bad season after playing for India for almost 14 years," he added.


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