India domestic news December 3, 2011

Injured Harbhajan likely to miss rest of Ranji season

ESPNcricinfo staff

Harbhajan Singh, the India offspinner, is likely to miss the rest of the Ranji Trophy group stages with an injury to his left shin. Harbhajan had been ruled out of Punjab's game against Railways, from which they took three points, and is now likely to be out for the rest of the year. The injury is suspected to be a recurrence of an old problem with his leg; he felt pain during Punjab's game against Saurashtra and is undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

The injury is another in a series of blows for Harbhajan: after a disappointing tour of England during which he took two wickets in the first two Tests before returning due to a strain in his abdomen, he was left out of India's squads for the home ODI series against England, the Tests and one-dayers against West Indies and the Tests on the tour of Australia.

His performance in the Ranji Trophy was also disappointing - he took two wickets in three matches - and he will now face a wait before he can return to action and try to regain his spot in the India side.

Punjab named Uday Kaul as captain for the Railways game in the absence of Harbhajan. They are currently fourth in Group A of the Elite division with three games to play. Their next match is against Rajasthan from December 6.

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  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    he was unfit in England when not getting wickets.. then he was fit in champions league.. then he is unfit after being dropped for australia.. he will be fit again when ipl comes

  • Lakmal on December 5, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    @Ravi Hasija : ok that "100years" a literal decoration to express the long time period Ashwin willtake to overtake Bhajji.But I can't agree with what u mentioned in your comment. " He was in the team for his aggression and personality, not for his bowling skills and that went on too long".So,as you said,400+ test wickets came just because of aggression? 20 plus 5-fors came just coz of aggression and personality?.THERE SHOULD BE SKILLS.Bhajji pertains those skills.Then u talks about favouritism. I am a Bhajji fan,but I don't care whether he has been axed or,retired.That's not my case.I am a Sri Lankan.

  • TR on December 5, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    Sorry, I cant help but think: Harbajan is deliberately skipping Ranji matches since he might have some chance for Aus tour based on past glory rather than playing and failing in Ranji matches.

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    Some people's favoritism is laughable. He was in the team for his aggression and personality, not for his bowling skills and that went on too long. Somebody in the selection committee had their buzzer go off and had a realization.

    Ashwin already looks like has more variations. I don't think he is going to take "a 100 years" to get same experience as Bhajji. Hilarious.

  • Lakmal on December 4, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    @ Vishal Kalani: Do respect Bhajji mate.true, he looks ordinary now.But don't forget that he has won many many matches for u all.Ashwin will take 100 years to gain the experience Bhajji pertains.

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    obviously harby is faking the injury, he is fearing that he might end up wicketless and spoil his reputation .

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    @drnaveed India has outperformed every Asian team in foreign grounds in last 10 years ( even pakistan who only have a better record in NZ) , the whitewash in england doesn't change it. Hell Pakistan have even lost at home to Aus,SA,Eng.

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Has been!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • syed naveed on December 4, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    india is going to have a tough series ahead against australia , australian batsmen are inform again.indian players will one by one get out of frame for that series,as they did in the england series.they are champions on there own grounds,but i am afraid not on foreign grounds.they made aperfect batting wicket in bombay for tendulkar to get to his hundredth international hundred, but he failed twice to do so.

  • Asterix on December 4, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    I would like to know how Harbhajan got a shin injury. The shin is a bony part and not a muscle. Was he fielding at forward short leg or silly point to get pinged by rasping shot? How come this is a "recurrence of an old problem with the leg"? Either the reporting is inaccurate, or there is something fishy about the injury. I don't buy it. Unless Sreesanth rammed his bat end on Bhajji's shin, like a Kepler Wessels on Kapil Dev ;-)

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