Harbhajan Singh hopes for a sporting wicket in Bengaluru

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India bowlers Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh. (Photo by PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

In spite of being frozen out of the Indian cricket team at the moment, many would remember Harbhajan Singh’s impressive performance in the 2001 series wherein he was a complete nightmare to Steve Waugh’s side. However, at the moment, he finds himself being an analyst of sorts to the manner in which Virat Kohli and his men are combating the Aussies, something that has begun quite badly given the manner they lost the first Test in Pune.

However, as things stand, the 36-year old is certainly not concerned about the form Virat Kohli is in at the moment given the fact that the 28-year old is someone who has a lot of fight left in him despite the fact that he is currently under a bit of pressure.


“He (Virat) is a champion batsman and every time you put him under pressure or throw a challenge at him, he will come out with flying colours. I am sure he will come out and score big runs in Bangalore. He has been the backbone of Indian batting and has set the benchmark really high. I am sure the talent he possesses, he will make it big in Bangalore itself,” Harbhajan told India.

“Toss was very crucial and if you win the toss, half the battle is won. On wickets such as these, it’s advantage to the team batting first but I must say Australia played really well. If the Tests last five days, India will always have the upper hand because they players in their ranks who are tailor-made for these conditions,” said Harbhajan.

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Harbhajan Singh also believes that the Indians should now consider this as a three-match Test series with all to play for in the next few matches. “India should now take it as a three match series and I am sure this team has the potential and requisite expertise to win the series from here on. Hopefully, Bangalore will be a sporting wicket and India will show their true potential, although Australians will be high on confidence,” said Harbhajan.