Harbahajan defends Dhoni, hits back at critics

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 13:13 [IST]
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Kolkata, Nov 30: India's off-spinner Harbhajan Singh defended MS Dhoni and said that the skipper should not be judged based on the recent 10-wicket loss to England at Mumbai.

Harbhajan Singh, who made a comeback to the national Test side against England at Mumbai, failed to create an impact on a pitch that assisted spinners as he finished with 2/84 in the second Test match.

Bhajji backs Dhoni, hits back at critics

Having put his performance aside, Harbhajan came to Dhoni's rescue as he said that the skipper who has been criticized for the team's humiliating loss against England, not to judge him based on one loss.

Dhoni, who has been asking for turners since winning the Ahmedabad Test, has not got any support from spinners at Mumbai, which actually offered a spin-friendly track that offered turn since Day one of the Test.

"Winning and losing is part of the game. Players and a captain like Dhoni should not be criticised for losing a single game," Harbhajan said.

The loss to England also marked India's first loss against England at home since 2006, and it raises doubt regarding the final score-line, as India haven't lost a series to England at home since 1984.

Harbhajan Singh also added that critics should not forget Dhoni's achievement, as he won the World Cup for India after 28 years.

"We should not forget that Dhoni is the same captain who won us the first World Cup after the 1983 triumph. He is one of the best-rated captains in the country, Harbhajan, who will be playing his 100th Test at Kolkata said.

"By losing just a single match, one should not raise questions over his ability," the 31-year-old added.


Story first published:  Friday, November 30, 2012, 11:51 [IST]
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