Harbhajan Singh praises India’s deadly duo after clinical victory

Bhajji also lauded Cheteshwar Pujara's run-scoring spree and credited his solid technique.

Harbhajan Singh
India’s Harbhajan Singh. (Photo by MAL FAIRCLOUGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Out of favour Indian spinner, Harbhajan Singh had a word of praise for both Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin after the duo grabbed 7 wickets each in the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka. India beat the host by an innings and 53 runs, which saw the game getting over with a day to spare.

Jadeja’s 7-wicket match haul and a gritty fifty saw him pick the man of the match award at Colombo yesterday. It was Jadeja’s ninth 5-wicket haul, where as Ashwin bagged his 26th five-for before skittling out the opposition. This was also India’s eight successive Test series victory. This also provides India with a chance to go complete whitewash with one Test remaining.


“Indian spinners bowled well. Jadeja, Ashwin were brilliant. Spinners are doing really well at the moment,” Harbhajan told India Today. “India spinners will have to be really patient to get wickets in South Africa, England and Australia. Spinners will have to bowl tight lines and let the opposition batsmen make mistake,” he said.

A huge fan of Pujara

Bhajji also lauded Cheteshwar Pujara‘s run-scoring spree and credited his solid technique, “I am a huge fan of Cheteshwar Pujara. He wants to contribute every time he goes out to bat. He’s been the true rock in India’s batting line-up,” he added.

Harbhajan, who has 417 Test wickets and 269 ODI wickets from 103 Test matches and 236 ODI’s respectively, congratulated the Indian captain Virat Kohli for the team performance. The Indian team has looked far away from any sorts of trouble in this series as Rangana Herath and his boys failed to make early in roads, only to see the visitors pile up big scores and then fire through all cylinders with the ball to shoot the Lankans in both innings.

The 3rd and final Test match will take place in Pallekele from August 12 onwards. Jadeja will miss out from the action after being suspended for a match for breaching ICC code of conduct.