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Should Harbhajan give up shorter formats?

Though he is close to reaching the 400 Test wickets milestone, Harbhajan Singh's effectiveness in the longer format has come under scrutiny in recent times

Nitin Sundar
Nitin Sundar
25-Feb-2013
Though he is close to reaching the 400 Test wickets milestone, Harbhajan Singh's effectiveness in the longer format has come under scrutiny in recent times. Suresh Menon, writing for dreamcricket.com wonders whether the shorter formats of the game are to blame for his decline.
To find the route that made him a world class offspinner, Harbhajan might have to give up the shorter formats of the game. There is little doubt that one-day cricket and T20 have reduced his effectiveness in Test cricket. It is unlikely that he will take that step, though. For one, he is a fiercely combative player who will see any such move as an admission of defeat. For another, he loves to bowl, and cannot contemplate lean periods, especially if he believes (as he has in the past) that all problems can be solved in the running, as it were. That is, by playing as much as possible.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo