Indian star spinner Harbhajan Singh belives Test captain Virat Kohli and head coach Anil Kumble should not depend only on spinners in Test formats
Harbhajan Singh, the star spinner of Indian cricket team belives Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble giving much priorities to the spinners in Test format, which is the idea he opposes. The spinner himself feels the notion to be inappropriate in terms of his experience. Singh finds it uneasy to take the idea of giving more importance to the spinners in Tests and asked some serious questions.
“Over past four-five years, the previous team managements preferred pitches where Test matches would end inside three days. But I believe both Anil bhai and Virat are positive people, who would like play on good Test pitches, where the results are decided on fourth evening or by fifth day post lunch session,” Singh told PTI.
“We should look at the bigger picture. Are we gaining anything by winning inside two and half to three days? Are we also being fair to our batsmen who struggled against South African spinners during last home series?”
“Why do we call it Test cricket? Because it tests your skill from Day 1 to Day 5 at every level. It should give everyone a fair chance to succeed at that level.”
“Save the last Test match at Kotla, where Ajinkya (Rahane) batted exceptionally and Virat got runs, our batsmen also suffered. I can tell you if we go for rank turners, it can boomerang on us like World T20 in Nagpur. Mitch Santner and Ish Sodhi could prove to be a handful.”
“But if we can produce sporting pitch where our batsmen can score 400 runs if batting first, New Zealand can’t beat us. Man to man, we are a better unit. Even if we prepare sporting tracks, we can win 3-0,” said the spinner.