Can Harbhajan turn things around at Eden?

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 13:12 [IST]
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Bangalore, Nov 30: Being the most successful bowler at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Harbhajan Singh also playing his 100th Test at his favourite ground, would look forward to revive his Test career after his unimpressive comeback against England at Mumbai.

While everyone were curious about selectors' decision to pick the off-spinner who has not been performing  consistently in the last couple of months, Harbhajan Singh's wonderful track record at Eden Gardens has forced selectors to keep faith in the spinner.

Can Bhajji turn things around at Eden?

Having played 7 Tests (13 innings) at Eden Gardens, Harbhajan Singh has claimed 46 wickets at an average of 21.76, the most by any Indian bowler at the historic ground.

With the best being 7/87 in an innings against South Africa in Nov 2004, Harbhajan Singh has also recorded 6 five wicket hauls at Eden Gardens, the most by any Indian bowler at the venue.

He has been highly successful against Australia with figures of 7/123 in an innings, including 13 wickets in the historic Test match played at the venue in the year 2001.

Harbhajan Singh's tally of wickets at Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Vs South Africa: 17 wickets (2 matches)

Vs Pakistan: 11 wickets (3 matches)

Vs West Indies: 5 wickets off one Test

Vs Australia: 13 wickets in the historic Test (2001)

Anil Kumble (40), Bishen Singh Bedi (29), Kapil Dev (27) and Javagal Srinath (22) are the other Indian bowlers who feature in the list of top 5 wicket-takers at Eden Gardens.

With England and India both winning a match each in the series, Team India is desperate for a win inorder to extend their dominance in the series especially after the humiliation at Mumbai. Can the turbanator restore faith in the selectors and come up with yet another match winning performance in his 100th Test?


Story first published:  Friday, November 30, 2012, 12:33 [IST]
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