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Harbhajan could be India's spin mentor, feels Ayub

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Published: Monday, March 4, 2013, 13:46 [IST]
 
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Hyderabad, Mar 4: Hyderabad Cricket Association President and former India spinner Arshad Ayub feels India's off-spinner Harbhajan Singh could be the spin mentor, who can guide the young Indian spinners.

Though the veteran off-spinner has been struggling to take wickets in the ongoing Test series against Australia, HCA president Ayub feels he could be the spin mentor for the Indian cricket team.

'Bhajji could be India's spin mentor'

Similar to Anil Kumble's contribution to Indian cricket, Harbhajan still has a lot to deliver feels Ayub, as he said the veteran off-spinner should play with R Ashwin and other young spinners to complement each other.

"Ravichandran Ashwin has shown consistency and is very accurate. He has huge potential and can replace Harbhajan. At the same time, I don't think Harbhajan is finished as a bowler. On the contrary, both can complement each other for a few years and it will benefit young spinners," Ayub was quoted as saying by Mid-day.

Former India cricketer, who has represented the country in 13 Tests and 32 ODIs from 1987 to 1990 was pleased with the team management's decision to field two off-spinners in the first two Tests against Australia.

"Although two offies have played in a Test before, they have never opened the bowling together (as in Chennai). Ashwin has the potential to carry forward the legacy of Harbhajan. Of course, we should not be comparing Ashwin with somebody who has claimed over 400 Test wickets, but India has a good future in the off-spin department," said the former India spinner.

"Harbhajan could be chief mentor, like Anil Kumble, in guiding youngsters like Pragyan Ojha, Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin," said Ayub.

Ayub disappointed with Pragyan Ojha not being picked for the second Test against Australia said "Whatever decision they (think-tank) took, it was successful. I don't think we should debate that. However, I have always preferred specialists in Tests (referring to the inclusion of Jadeja)."

Praising the players for performing extremely well, Ayub defended Dhoni's men as he said that it was a difficult track at Chennai and India performed extremely well.

"Over 1000 runs were scored in Chennai. We play spin better. We struggled against England because they had top-class spinners. Home advantage must be taken into account. Chennai was no akhara (pit)," said the 54-year-old.

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