Twitter gets sympathetic after Harbhajan Singh was dropped from Qualifier 2
Karn Sharma was the preferred spinner in the lineup.
Published - May 19, 2017 8:47 pm | Updated - May 20, 2017 2:50 pm
The Mumbai Indians camp sprung a big surprise as they benched their veteran star Harbhajan Singh from the crucial Qualifier 2. Harbhajan was not the part of the line-up that played the Qualifier 1 against the Rising Pune Supergiant either. However, it was expected that the Punjab cricketer would be back to the playing ways in the game against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
The KKR top order boasts of two impact left-handed batsmen in Sunil Narine and Gautam Gambhir. Hence, fielding an off-spinner looked like a very obvious choice heading into the crunch game. However, the team did not think on the same lines and decided to stick to their combinations when it came to the spin department. Karn Sharma was the preferred spinner in the lineup. Also, the services of Krunal Pandya were available with the side.
Harbhajan Singh would be disappointed to miss out on the game though. He had done nothing wrong this season. Barring one odd game where his economy was on the higher side, Harbhajan had been very consistent with his bowling. He was being handed the new ball on most occasions. Despite having bowled in the powerplay, he managed to bowl economical spells.
Perhaps the only point where he missed out was in the wicket taking column. Much to his defense, the fact cannot be ignored that he facilitated the conditions for the other bowlers to take advantage. In the 11 matches that he had played this season, he had returned with 9 wickets to his name with a best of 3/22. He bowled with an economy rate of 6.48.
This economy, considering the point that he bowled in the powerplay, is a testimony of how good he was with the ball. Over the years, Harbhajan Singh has been a perennial performer for the Mumbai Indians outfit. In the 136 matches that he has played in the tournament history for this franchise, he has picked up 127 wickets with an economy under 7. Also, he has a very good strike rate of 22.98.
Here is how the Twitter reacted to his exclusion from the playing XI:
Takes a Karn Sharma to keep a Harbhajan Singh out of the playing XI. #IPL
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) May 19, 2017
— Mihir Kaslikar (@IamMK_27) May 19, 2017
— Neeraj Shah (@nshah249) May 19, 2017
— Vibhor (@dhotedhulwate) May 19, 2017
— Monty Panesar (@MontyPanesar) May 19, 2017
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 19, 2017
Horrendous frm mumbai. No bhajji in a crunch game?? Seriously i mean karn isnt better than bhajji. Will have to prove his selction today.
— Raktim Routh (@routh_raktim) May 19, 2017
so harbhajan stays on the bench #MIvKKR
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) May 19, 2017
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) May 19, 2017
— Tushar Kulkarni (@coolkarnitush04) May 19, 2017
— manoj singh (@immks82) May 19, 2017