Renowned spinner Harbhajan Singh has voiced his apprehension regarding India’s chances against England, particularly on turning tracks, citing concerns over the team’s inexperienced batting lineup. With India trailing 0-1 in the ongoing Test series, the veteran cricketer highlighted the dearth of seasoned batters, emphasizing the significance of experience in pivotal encounters.
“The team looks decent, but lacks experience. Yes, there is Rohit Sharma, but the next best run-scorer is Ashwin. In terms of batting, the line-up looks weak. And if they play on a turning track, which I feel they will because they have added Washington Sundar while having Kuldeep Yadav, Ashwin and Axar Patel,” remarked Harbhajan Singh during his analytical discourse on YouTube.
As India braces for the crucial second Test in Vizag, the absence of key players like Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Ravindra Jadeja exacerbates the pressure on the squad to stage a comeback.
Amidst a transitional phase in Indian Test cricket, marked by the departure of seasoned campaigners, the team’s batting arsenal relies heavily on emerging talents such as Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill. Expressing his apprehension, Harbhajan Singh cautioned against the perils of over-reliance on turning pitches, emphasizing the need for a balanced approach.
“I fear India don’t end up losing after making a turning pitch for England. This batting unit is young, they need time, and if they get a good track, they might even perform well,” he opined.
The struggles of Gill and Iyer in the previous Test in Hyderabad underscored the challenges faced by India’s fledgling batting lineup. Despite glimpses of promise, both batters grappled with consistency, failing to convert promising starts into substantial innings.
With the series hanging in the balance, India confronts the daunting task of navigating through England’s formidable bowling attack while grappling with the complexities of team transition and batting inexperience. As the stage is set for the Vizag showdown, the spotlight shines on India’s young guns to rise to the occasion and stake their claim in the red-ball arena.