Time for Harbhajan to make way for Pragyan Ojha

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Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013, 15:43 [IST]
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Bangalore, Feb 28: India's veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, having played his 100th Test against Australia at Chennai, failed to impress the selectors as he managed to claim only three wickets in the match.

This further leads to a debate on whether the veteran off-spinner should be given another chance to play the second Test or Pragyan Ojha should be preferred over him.

Will Harbhajan make way for Ojha?

Despite Team India's eight wicket win over Australia in the first Test at Chennai, the veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh's contribution was minimal.

While R Ashwin claimed 12 wickets in the first Test, Ravindra Jadeja also managed to take 5 wickets in the Test. The most experienced Harbhajan Singh managed to get only 3 wickets which has increased the possibility of Pragyan Ojha playing the second Test since the veteran has not impressed the selectors after being recalled for the first two Tests against Australia.

With 20 wickets from 4 Tests at an average of 24.75, Pragyan Ojha was the highest wicket taker for India in the recently concluded Test series against England at home, which also suggests that he would definitely get a nod for the second Test to be played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad.

Harbhajan Singh, having played only one Test against Mumbai in the four match Test series, was dropped from the Test squad following his dismal show as he picked only two wickets in the Mumbai Test.

Now with yet another similar disappointing outing at Chennai, which assisted spinners Harbhajan Singh is likely to be dropped for the second Test.


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