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India vs England 2021: Harbhajan Singh ‘Completely Baffled’ At Major Omission From India’s XI Against England

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Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is completely baffled by India’s decision to not play wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the first Test against England at Chennai. Kuldeep last played for India in Tests in 2019 against Australia and has been travelling with the Test squad for a long time without getting a game. He had a major chance when most of the bowlers were injured in Australia in the recent tour, but wasn’t picked in the XI.

Experts have been very critical of the fact that India decided to omit Kuldeep from the playing XI again and opting for Shahbaz Nadeem. With Ravindra Jadeja injured, Kuldeep should have the next best choice spinner to partner R Ashwin. Kuldeep has fared out decently with two five-wicket hauls so far in his short career and both of them have against Australia.

Shane Warne, Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav In his last test. [Image Courtesy: Getty]

“It Doesn’t Make Sense To Play Two Off-Spinners In Chennai,” –  Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh also told that he was astonished when Washinton Sundar was picked ahead of Kuldeep Yadav. He told that he could understand the reason behind selecting Shahbaz Nadeem, but he doesn’t back the selection of two off-spinners in a Chennai pitch. India has gone with Sundar as an all-rounder on his recent form with the bat and we have to wait and see if manages to score more runs as he has been really poor with the ball until now.

“It was astonishing for me to see Kuldeep Yadav not get a chance in Team India’s playing XI despite him being in the squad. I can understand that since Axar Patel is injured, Shahbaz Nadeem came in as a like-for-like replacement. But it doesn’t make sense to play two off-spinners in Chennai,” Harbhajan Singh told Sports Tak.

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Harbhajan Singh [Photo-PTI]

Wrist Spin Brings Different Dimension Claims Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan also notified that Wrist Spinners brings a different dimension to Indian bowling attack and he felt that India missed the trick by not opting for the left-arm chinaman. He also mentioned the five-wicket hauls of Kuldeep when he last played and he added that it can be demoralising for Kuldeep to sit out of the playing XI in spite of good performance.

“Kuldeep Yadav’s presence would have added a bit of variety to this Indian bowling attack. In the last two Tests that Kuldeep Yadav played, he had picked up five-wicket hauls. So I am completely baffled by his exclusion,” 

“This is also not a great sign for his confidence because it demoralizes you even further when you are a part of the squad but still can’t make it to the playing XI,” concluded Harbhajan Singh.

Kuldeep Yadav after dismissing Babar Azam
Kuldeep Yadav (Photo-Getty0)

Harbhajan Singh is one of India’s greatest off-spinners with a tremendous record and he will be hoping that India opts for Kuldeep in the next game.

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