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Ganguly slams selectors for picking Dhoni's favourites over Harbhajan

Kolkata: Out of favour he might be right now but former Indian captain former captain Sourav Ganguly feels seasoned off-spinner Harbhajan Singh can make a comeback if the selectors look beyond those favoured by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

"I think Bhajji can make a comeback to the national side in both form of the game," Ganguly told a news channel here last night.

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh. Pic/ Suresh K.K.

Describing Harbhajan as one of the country's top spinners, the former India captain slammed the selectors for not choosing the Jalandhar man over Dhoni's choice.

"I believe the selectors don't think much on this (Harbhajan's selection) and especially when you have captain's men around," Ganguly said.

Incidentally, Harbhajan, who last played a Test against Australia in March 2013, has played six Ranji Trophy matches this season picking up 23 wickets at an average of 26.60.

The former captain was not too convinced about leg-spinner Amit Mishra's inclusion in the Indian squad for both the Asia Cup and the Twenty20 World Cup at the expense of Harbhajan and Pragyan Ojha. Describing Mishra as an "average spinner who is slow in the air," Ganguly pointed out that it would be tough for the Indians to contain batsmen from scoring.

"He (Amit) is slow in the air and this makes it easy for a batsman to read him. It can be recalled how (Shane) Watson was hitting him in Nagpur during the ODI last October," the former captain said.

Ganguly also criticised Mishra's fielding and questioned the selectors decision to ignore Harbhajan and Ojha.

"Amit's fielding is also not outstanding. I am not sure whether he would be able to make any difference to the team because all these sides are from the subcontinent and they know how to play spinners on these flat wickets. I am surprised that how come Bhajji and Ojha are sitting outside the team," he said.

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3 Comments

  • veekay26-Feb-2014

    Bold & true comments from former skipper ganguly.I lost interested in watching cricket due to MSD personalised team. Even selectors are not dared to select the team on merit basic.

  • As26-Feb-2014

    Ganguly has to realise that MSD is the most successful captains of all times for India with World cups under his belt. He is definitely going to get his way given his success ratio. Yes Dhoni selects his team but he has shown results. When his time ends, the selectors will not listen. This is part and parcel of the game. Does it mean that Ganguly had absolutely no say in selection during his tenure as captain. Everyone has.

  • Anonymous26-Feb-2014

    Dhoni's culture club and sidelining non Riddhi Sports people from his team clearly indicates that it's about him and not about country anymore

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