Don’t write off Bhajji yet, says Kumble

Harbhajan Singh’s comeback at the World T20 was a mixed bag.



New Delhi:
Harbhajan Singh’s comeback at the World T20 was a mixed bag. He took four wickets against England, but was thrashed for 20 runs in two overs by the Australians.

The attack by David Warner, coupled with Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to stick to a seven batsmen-four bowler policy, saw Harbhajan sitting out of India’s remaining matches.

But India’s highest Test wicket-taker Anil Kumble feels it would be foolish to count Harbhajan out. “You can never discard Harbhajan. He has more than 400 Test wickets to his name and he is only 31 or 32, which is the right age for a spinner to mature,” he said, on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Tenvic Sports Academy at Ryan International School, Rohini.

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The chairman of the BCCI technical committee had words of praise for new spin spearhead R Ashwin.

“Ashwin has matured a lot in the few matches he has played. On the international front, I think Graeme Swann is going great and Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal is also doing wonders,” Kumble said.

Another issue that has been a cause of much debate in Indian cricket of late is how long Sachin Tendulkar will carry on. The maestro himself told a TV channel that he will reassess his career in November as he thinks there is not much cricket left in him.

Kumble, a former India captain, felt that that it would be tough for the team without Tendulkar. “I can’t think of Indian cricket without him. I want to see him play,” he said.

“ It is never easy to call it a day when you are playing for so long.”

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