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India vs England: Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh has questioned India’s selection for the tournament after the team’s knockout in the T20 World Cup. Harbhajan has also pointed fingers at India’s opening duo for the team’s exit.
File photo of Yuzvendra Chahal bowling. (Courtesy: Reuters)
By India Today Web Desk: Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh has questioned India’s selection after the Men in Blue were knocked out of the T20 World Cup semi-finals by England. Speaking to India Today, Harbhajan Singh said that he failed to understand why India had not been playing Yuzvendra Chahal all this while. He further added that the current India spinners – Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin failed to bowl like spinners, which was one of the factors behind the loss.
“It is hurting, more because that we did not fight at all,” Harbhajan told India Today in the Battle of Champions show.
“India batted like ODI in first 10-12 overs like they still had 40 more overs to play. India should learn this format from England. They played like champions. It is very disappointing to see India’s approach throughout the tournament where they did not look like they would score more than 35 runs,” he spoke about the batting unit.
“I don’t know what are the reasons that a champion bowler (Yuzvendra Chahal) is not in the team. He must have done something to someone that he is not getting a game. With his credentials he should have been your first choice spinner,” Harbhajan pondered.
India had backed Chahal for a long time running into the T20 World Cup, but ended up benching him throughout the tournament after the bowler went through an extended patch of expensive spells in the build-up to the tournament. India opted for the defensive spinning duo fo Axar Patel and Ravi Ashwin instead, but the move did not pay against England. Jos Buttler and Alex Hales attacked the Indian bowlers in the powerplay and the took the match away in the first 10 overs of the game, scoring 98 runs without the loss of a single wicket.
At th end, England chased the target down with 24 balls remaining. Buttler and his men will now face Pakistan in the final match of the tournament.