India domestic news November 29, 2011

Harbhajan sidelined by shin injury

ESPNcricinfo staff

Harbhajan Singh, the India offspinner, has been ruled out of Punjab's Ranji Trophy game against Railways, which begins today, because of a shin injury. Uday Kaul will lead the side in Harbhajan's absence.

"Against Saurashtra, Harbhajan first felt this shin pain," Punjab's coach Vikram Rathore told Hindustan Times. "Harbhajan is in touch with a physio from the NCA [National Cricket Academy in Bangalore] and will possibly be going there to recover. He is expected to return for Punjab's next fixture in Jaipur."

Punjab lost their previous match against Saurashtra and have six points after three games. Harbhajan took only two wickets in those games at an average of 102. He was left out of India's squad for the home Test and one-day series against West Indies, as well as the Test series in Australia, after taking only two wickets in two Tests in England before an abdominal muscle injury forced him to return home.

In Harbhajan's absence, offspinner R Ashwin and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha took 22 and 20 wickets in the Test series against West Indies, which India won 2-0, at averages of less than 23. They were both selected in the Test squad for the series in Australia.

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  • Unmesh on December 1, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    Get well soon, Bhajji! Although you are going through a bad phase in your career, fans like me won't forget that you have won us many matches with the ball and sometimes also with the bat.

  • Jatinder on November 30, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    according to Punjab's coach Vikram Rathore he was injured in last Ranji match but he didnt revealed that, its a biggest shame as Vikram was expecting to become national selector from North Zone quota, BCCI done good job by not making such an irresponsible person as selector. On Harbhajan he was and he is and he will never be interested in playing Ranji. Indian selectors done good job by not selecting him and many more others like him.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Since the retirement of Kumble, Harbhajan has not tried to take his bowling to the next level. He has been happy just being India's no. 1 spinner. In international cricket, if one will not improve constantly, he will soon find himself deteriorating. Thats whats happened with Harbhajan. Slowly other spinners have taken over him, and batsmen have learned how to play him. Hope that he puts in some hard work on his bowling in the next few months and 'earns' his comeback. The worst thing would be if Indian selectors push him back into the side just on his previous record.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    Ha Ha...Funny pic...Especially with the word "Bench" printed along his sleeve, quite appropriate ! Well Bhajji we hope you recover from your "shin" and show us some true "spin" soon.

  • TR on November 30, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    Its not just Harbajan, many Indian players are faking Injury for quite some time. If he plays ranji, he is certain to NOT get wkts and that would become a strong reason for non-selection to Aus ODI (at least). If he doesn't play ranji, he has a chance to get selected based on 'old memories'.

    Harbajan came back from Eng AFTER he completely failed in his bowling, but he gave an impression that he cutshort the tour because of injury. Gambhir is another guy who is chicken-hearted and backs out in difficult circumstances.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Hilarious pic!!!! Resorting to God instead of playing in domestic matches to get back into the Indian Team.....I'm sure he is just faking the injury coz the squad to Aus tour has already been announced.....

  • SWAMINATHAN on November 29, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    OK,so he's now a run-of-the mill Ranji cricketer, till he decides to retire @ 35 years to concentrate on other activities. He's been in the Indian team from age 16 & has had a wonderful career. he should make another attempt to return to Int'l cricket, else he should move on, satisfied with the amazing career he's had. The other cricketers have slogged @ the Ranji level, which he evidently has not.

  • Rajagopal on November 29, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Anyone Saw The Right Side Of The Pic.... Its Written BENCH , He Is Not Even There..

  • Randolph on November 29, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Left out of Oz tour and picks up an injury, oh that's right the IPL isn't on.

  • Muthukrishnan Thirukkamu on November 29, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Not selected &immediately injury claims.Injury suddenly crops up after not being selected for Australia.What would have happened if he had been selected?he would have broken down halfway thru the tour.He was feigning interest in Ranji trophy only for selection. Once not selected , he does not want to play

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