Ind vs Eng: Play Pujara, Kuldeep at Lord's, says Harbhajan Singh

Aug 07, 2018, 10:20 IST | Debasish Datta

"I don't care who should be dropped, but the Lord's Test playing XI must have Pujara. He is a player who can take the polish off the new ball and stay at the crease," Harbhajan told mid-day yesterday

Ind vs Eng: Play Pujara, Kuldeep at Lord's, says Harbhajan Singh
Cheteshwar Pujara

India's off-spinning stalwart Harbhajan Singh has said that Virat Kohli must include one-drop batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav for the second Test against England starting at Lord's on Thursday.

India took a brave decision to drop Pujara and did not give in to several experts' call to pencil in Kuldeep, who they felt would mesmerise the Englishmen. India lost the opening Test at Edgbaston inside four days by 31 runs on Saturday. "I don't care who should be dropped, but the Lord's Test playing XI must have Pujara. He is a player who can take the polish off the new ball and stay at the crease," Harbhajan told mid-day yesterday.

The feisty offie, who is in England as a commentator, expressed similar sentiments when it came to Kuldeep. "Again, I am not bothered who is dropped but Kuldeep must play," emphasised Harbhajan, who was on the 2002 and 2011 Test tours to England.

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