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Sports Cricket 14 Aug 2018 Harbhajan Singh hits ...

Harbhajan Singh hits out at Ravi Shastri after Virat Kohli and co's Lord's debacle

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Aug 14, 2018, 4:01 pm IST
Updated Aug 14, 2018, 4:12 pm IST
Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh came hard on Ravi Shastri saying he needs to be answerable for the team’s dismal performance.
The off-spinner who has 417 Test wickets to his name was disappointed with the fightback shown from the no. 1 side in the ICC Test rankings. (Photo: PTI)
 The off-spinner who has 417 Test wickets to his name was disappointed with the fightback shown from the no. 1 side in the ICC Test rankings. (Photo: PTI)

London: Virat Kohli’s Team India came under the firing line after a disastrous second Test defeat to England at Lord’s. While the skipper wasn’t spared, fingers were also pointed out at head coach Ravi Shastri.

Meanwhile, Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh also came hard on Shastri saying he needs to be answerable for the team’s dismal performance in the ongoing series.

 

"The coach has to come on record, today or tomorrow he has to speak up. He is answerable to everyone. If India loses the series, then he might have to eat his words and admit that conditions do make a lot of difference," Harbhajan was quoted as saying to Aaj Tak.

The off-spinner who has 417 Test wickets to his name was disappointed with the fightback shown from the no. 1 side in the ICC Test rankings.

"We haven't showed any intent to fight back. The willingness to win is missing and that is most disheartening. We are losing without posing any challenge to the opponent. It is extremely disappointing," he continued.

Harbhajan, who is currently working as a broadcaster in England also feels that constant chopping and changing among the playing XI has lead to such defeats.

"On foreign tours, a good opening partnership makes such a huge difference but in every match our opening pair is getting changed. In every game, the playing eleven is getting changed. Even the middle order isn't set. At the Lord's, we had a green wicket and overcast conditions but the team management decided to play two spinners. Was it really needed? The hosts could have been all out for 160-170 if a third seamer in Umesh had played instead of an extra spinner," the veteran explained.

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