Updated: March 8, 2020 10:19:16 am
Harbhajan Singh has expressed dismay on the continued non-selections of some spin bowlers playing in Indian domestic cricket like Jalaj Saxena, Akshay Wakhare and Shahbaz Nadeem. He went on to query how Washington Sundar, who he stated ‘doesn’t even spin the ball’, continues to be selected in the T20I team.
Speaking to Sportstar, Harbhajan stated, “There is a spinner named Jalaj Saxena (347 FC wickets and 6334 FC runs). They just refuse to consider him. He has been bowling superbly for so many seasons. Wakhare (279 wickets in 83 FC games) is a consistent bowler but no one looks at him. And then you say, spinners are getting lost in Indian cricket.”
“They pick this guy called Washington Sundar, who doesn’t even spin the ball. I just don’t get it. Why don’t you encourage a bowler who bowls genuine spin, who can lure the batsman out and have him stumped. If Washington can bat a bit, so can Jalaj, who is also a proper spinner,” he added.
Over the final 12 months, India have tried out spin bowling choices who can contribute with the bat in T20Is. Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar have been tried out over the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in order to strengthen the India batting order.
“You have to develop these bowlers by giving them confidence. I want to know what wrong has Saxena done? Has he, Wakhare or Shahbaz Nadeem committed a crime by taking wickets?” Harbhajan went on so as to add.
Harbhajan has spoken about not being satisfied by Washington Sundar earlier than as effectively. Speaking last year, he stated Ravichandran Ashwin must be introduced again to the limited-overs workforce instead of Sundar as Ashwin has extra variations with the ball and can even bat a bit.
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