Harbhajan Singh’s harsh comments targetting Ashwin irk Farokh Engineer
"He was out of order there."
Updated - Jan 10, 2019 12:02 pm
Ravi Ashwin is undoubtedly one of the most dependable spinners India have ever produced, especially in Test cricket. Recently, he played only one Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval and picked up six wickets. He was a headache for the left-handers. To his agony, the Tamil Nadu-born spinner couldn’t play the next three games in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney due to an abdominal strain.
Even as India went in with an all-pace attack in Perth, Ravindra Jadeja and Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav played the last couple of encounters and did reasonably well. In the meantime, Harbhajan Singh, the veteran off-spinner, was critical of Ashwin and said that he gets injured whenever the team needs him. Harbhajan mentioned that the tweaker’s performance has been shaky overseas.
Ashwin is a great bowler
Furthermore, he went on to remark that Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja should be promoted as the number one and two spinners respectively irrespective of where India are playing. However, his comments haven’t gone down well with former Indian cricketer Farokh Engineer, who has lashed out at Harbhajan and also hailed Ashwin as a great bowler.
“Did you read Harbhajan’s comments about Ashwin, he was out of order there. What is first spinner and second spinner? Spinner is a spinner,” Engineer was quoted as saying during a talk show organised by Legends Club at the Cricket Club of India on Wednesday evening as per reports in Times Now.
“Ashwin is a great bowler. It appeared to me he (Harbhajan) was critical of Ashwin. You don’t wash dirty linen in public especially on an off-spinner who has replaced you. It’s like (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni criticising (Rishabh) Pant. It’s not cricket,” the 80-year-old added.
Ravi Ashwin is out of contention for a spot in the Indian limited-overs team and he doesn’t have any international cricket to play in the next six months. He would next be seen captaining Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).