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Injured Harbhajan likely to miss rest of Ranji season

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 3, 2011

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Harbhajan Singh flights one, Punjab v Saurashtra, Mohali, Ranji Trophy Elite 2011-12, 3rd round, 1st day, November 17, 2011
Harbhajan Singh took just two wickets in the first three games of Punjab's Ranji season © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

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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Posted by   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

Posted by MENDIS_Forever 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.

Posted by TRAM 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by MENDIS_Forever 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.

Posted by   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 .

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 11:00 GMT)

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

Posted by drnaveed 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.

Posted by asterix.gaul 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 ;-)

Posted by nskaile on (December 4, 2011, 7:15 GMT)

@Laly Gill - Did u say better then GAUTI? Dont forget Gauti's 97 in WORLD CUP FINAL. India needed someone to stand up after Sehwag and Sachin got out early. 99% of the ppl thought WC is gone after those two were gone but it was GAUTI who stood up and made 97 runs to win the wc for india. I think Gauti gonna go Dravid way. No matter how much hes gonna do for team, ppl will never remember it

Posted by VickGower on (December 4, 2011, 6:41 GMT)

Make it a prerequisite that one needs to be playing international cricket or ranji trophy to qualify for an ipl season and harbhajan will be playing for punjab retroactively. He won't miss a single minute of ranji.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 5:33 GMT)

Now that Australian squad is decided and no chance of getting in , Bhajji thought why toil in Ranji. He will just wait others to fail and then try next season.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 5:27 GMT)

Bad Times for Habhajan,some of them largely his own making.But if he can take inspiration from Warney or Jumbo and start a new innings in 2 years it will be great.When Warney got a shoulder injury and later banned for a year for drug use nobody gave him a chance.But he made a comeback at the age of 34 and finished with 708 test victims.Kumble too turned around his career at 33 after various injuries and took 619 victims.If Bhajji can rediscover his bite and achieve half of what these 2 greats have achieved it will be very good

Posted by deepak_sholapurkar on (December 4, 2011, 4:35 GMT)

we will see him in next IPL

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 4:00 GMT)

good luk to bhaji.........................hope ur recovery goes well

Posted by harmske on (December 4, 2011, 3:40 GMT)

@Rajest Tiwari - stick a fork in yuvi's career?? he was player of the series in the WC. tests he may not have mastered but he's still got a lot to offer in the limited overs versions. expect to see him turn out in blue clothing for many years to come...

Posted by TRAM on (December 4, 2011, 3:36 GMT)

yep, he will bounce back and take his "rightful place" in the Indian team, which is 147th player... if/when that happens.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 2:31 GMT)

Good that he is in jured...selectors now have more time for ashwin ...

Posted by TATTUs on (December 4, 2011, 2:08 GMT)

Good timing. He was back in time for the Champions League mockery and will be back again for the IPL dramas. He should never again be selected for India.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 1:56 GMT)

@sandy, how dare u make such absurd comments against india's and world's most ever best successful opening partners of all time?? these players were goin thru injury phase in this year especially in SA and ENG series....if u think back man, these 2 were mainly instrumental in gettin india the no.1 spot infact,not ur bhajji to be clear...grow up man grow up.bhajji's era is even newer guys and no.11 batsmen frm bangladesh too can easily handle him...its tym he retires....bye bye bhajjiiiii....

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 21:06 GMT)

bhaji can actually bat better then gambhir and sehwag at the moment when was the last time sehwag and gambhir actuall made some runs dont mention west indies

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 19:51 GMT)

Sandy - rightful place in Indian team on what account? His current form is beyond recognition. He has been a baggage in Indian team for a long time. Once he resurrects himself then yes. But if not, IPL is a great place for the rest of his career!

Posted by crikbuff on (December 3, 2011, 19:41 GMT)

perfect timing Bhajji. Now that your test career is over, you need not bother about Ranji trophy. Come back in time for IPL - why bother about Ranji trophy when you can bowl 4 overs per match and earn million dollars! You are the ideal role model for all young Indian cricketers.

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 19:37 GMT)

You can stick a fork in Bhajji and Yuvi..They are done as far as the national sides are concerned. No Ganguly to keep playing Bhajji

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 18:21 GMT)

Find this hard to believe! An off-color Bhajji injures himself during a difficult tour of England, but recovers well in time to play in the lucrative Champions League (and performs creditably as a captain although not as a bowler). And immediately after the team for Australia is announced, he injures himself again...!!!

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (December 3, 2011, 18:18 GMT)

o..well.well..when the bad time comes,everything goes wrong.Feel sorry for you Bhajji.

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 18:11 GMT)

Don't worry Bhajji, you will be perfectly fit for IPL5. MI wouldn't let you go after you led the team to the Champions League title... Have fun with the IPL contract for the next 5 years....

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 18:05 GMT)

best of luck bhajji bhaaji

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 18:03 GMT)

Harbhajan likely to miss rest of the matches for India

Posted by Sandy0387 on (December 3, 2011, 17:58 GMT)

I guess it's a bad time for Harbhajan. Hope he bounces back and cements his rightful place in the Indian Team.

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