India domestic news October 4, 2012

Harbhajan to lead Punjab Ranji side

ESPNcricinfo staff

Harbhajan Singh, the India offspinner, has been named Punjab's captain for the upcoming Ranji season. He has been out of the Indian Test side for more than a year, but returned to the Twenty20 squad for the World T20 last month.

Harbhajan flew back home after sustaining an injury during the tour of England last year. He led Mumbai Indians to the Champions League trophy, proof of his ability to perform in T20, but picked up a shin injury around the time he was omitted from India's squad for Australia.

That injury also curtailed his Ranji season to three matches, when as Punjab captain he only took two wickets for 204 runs. He also led Punjab in the one-day Vijay Hazare tournament and the Twenty20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

This year, he signed a county contract with Essex, where he played steadily if not spectacularly (13 first-class wickets at 33).

His presence in the side will be a boost to Punjab, who are without a head coach after Vikram Rathour vacated the post to become a national selector.

Punjab Ranji squad: Harbhajan singh (capt), Mandeep Singh (vice-capt), Karan Goel, Jeevanjot Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Uday Kaul, Mayank Sidhana, Amitoze Singh, Rahul Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Manpreet Gony, Sandeep Sharma, Gurkirat Mann, Bipul Sharma and Rajwinder Singh

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  • Pawandeep on October 5, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Lets see how much wickets Bhajji takes in Ranji to be selected as a third spinner against England.

    I think its time for revenge and BCCI should ask curtors to create a dust bowl and india should play ashwin bhajji and ojha. even KP will struggle if he is back in the team. INdia 4 England 0

  • Shakir on October 4, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    @Paras Rishi: I don't think Pujara is in competition now. He has mostly secured his place along with Kohli. So Yuvi has to fight for the only open slot for now, the one occupied by Raina who obviously is not very steady.

    Also it will be interesting to see form of Openers. Both Gambhir and Viru are owefully out of the form. Which can open door for Rahane (or even Murali given his recent domestic performance, but I doubt it and don't want it).

  • roshan on October 4, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    It is a best team especially when harbhajan leads it. He has plenty of talents like mandeep singh, uday kaul, mayank, amitoze singh, sandeep sharma, gurkeerat and manpreet. uday kaul, amitoze, mandeep are the players looking for indian color. punjab has produced lot of good players. in future also we can expect. For virendar sehwag, i d singh is a great player with 5 centuries and 16 half centuries from 25 matches. it is an impeccable record. he can definitely a good replacement for sehwag in indian team. He along with murali vijay can be a better pair for oneday side for india.

  • Dummy4 on October 4, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Randi season is on. Hell yeah :D

  • Dummy4 on October 4, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh needs to take this Ranji season very seriously, considering stiff challenge from Punjara, Bisht, Raina for Test XI.

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