Good decision to bring Harbhajan back: Ganguly

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Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 12:54 [IST]
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Kolkata, Feb 12: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly on Monday said that he was happy with selectors' decision to recall veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for the four-match Test series against Australia.

"It's a good decision to bring him back into the side. I've always been hopeful of Bhajji. But it's the skipper (MS Dhoni) whether he would play in the XI," Ganguly said at Eden Gardens after the CAB's working committee meeting.

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Harbhajan Singh was dropped from the Test squad for the third and fourth Test against England after having played the second Test in Mumbai following his unimpressive outing.

"It's normal to be left out when you're not doing well. But I'm confident he would do well to make a
comeback," said Ganguly.

Harbhajan, has been the most successful bowler against Australia as he has recorded 90 wickets against the Aussies off 16 Tests at an average of 29.35 with the best being 15/217 in a match. Moreover he has been the highest wicket-taker against Australia at home, with 81 wickets off 12 matches at an average of 24.48 and 8/84 being his best in an innings.

Since records favour Harbhajan against Australia at home, his inclusion in the Test series against his favourite opponents has been appreciated by many.

Talking about the upcoming series, Ganguly said that both the teams will be under pressure as many senior players will be missed while he stressed on India getting an advantage since they are playing at home.

"Both the teams are going through a transition phase. India will have the slight home advantage to win the series. But it all depends how they utilise the conditions," he said.

He further added that youngsters should take more responsibilities during the upcoming series against Australia.

"But you would have do well. It's important for the youngsters as India have a busy Test schedule ahead," Ganguly added.


Story first published:  Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 10:35 [IST]
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