How Harbhajan's gyan can help Ashwin, Ojha?

Written by: Shuchi Sridhar
Updated: Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 11:26 [IST]
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India's spin-duo R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha have started quite well, as they have impressed everyone within a short span, but experienced spinner like Harbhajan Singh, might have to be given another chance, as he can definitely complement these youngsters, as they take on England later this year.

How Bhajji's gyan can help Ashwin, Ojha?

With India's problem being successful overseas, R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha have been impressive on Indian pitches/ sub continent conditions, but can they extend their wicket haul overseas is one big question that needs to be answered.

Harbhajan Singh on the other hand, has been an exceptional bowler, though he has been looking off colour in the last couple of years, he has the ability in him to deliver.

With 5 ten-wicket hauls in Tests, having played 98 Tests, claimed 406 wickets, Harbhajan has been a fantastic bowler for India throughout, with an economy rate of 2.83, average of 32.22.

Moreover, he has claimed 25 five-wicket hauls in Tests, which suggest that he definitely deserves an opportunity to play for India again, as he has been exceptional in home and away Tests.

He has played 46 Tests away from home, and has grabbed 148 wickets, which means he has got an average of 3.2 wickets per match, at an average of 38.83, and his best being 7/120 in an innings.

While his record against England and Australia are also good, as he has taken 43 scalps (13 matches) and 90 off 16 matches respectively.

Harbhajan Singh has been too good at home as well, with 258 wickets off 52 Tests, at an average of 28.43, the turbanator has records to back him as selectors need to think of giving him another opportunity especially this season, as the 32 year old would be helpful in grooming the young spinners.

Over the last decade, only Anil Kumble has been successful in maintaining a good average in Away and home Tests as Harbhajan comes second, with a consistent performance in the last decade. This further shows that he has been quite consistent since his debut in 1998 against Australia in Bangalore.

Moreover, with India playing 8 Tests this season, against England and other top teams, Harbhajan's experience would definitely help as the two spinners will soon feel the heat as they are being a part of all the formats, and chances of getting injured or burn out are more.

Though it is very early to talk about Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha as they are just 8 and 16 Tests old, they need to go a long way. During this phase, with an experienced bowler like Harbhajan, the youngsters will definitely get an opportunity to master the art of spin bowling.


Story first published:  Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 10:34 [IST]
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