Vastavam web: Comeback from a career- threatening injury is never easy and that’s why South African pace ace Dale Steyn might not turn out to be as big a threat for India in next month’s highly-anticipated Test series, feels senior spinner Harbhajan Singh.Steyn was out of competitive cricket for a year after suffering a shoulder dislocation during a Test match against Australia last year.”Dale Steyn is unarguably the best fast bowler of the last 10 years but coming back into international cricket is not easy. A Test match against Zimbabwe will not exactly be an indicator of what he can do against India,” Harbhajan told during an interview on the upcoming South Africa series.
The lack of lateral movement in South Africa means that batsmen would only need to counter the bounce.”The kookaburra ball, as everyone knows, will stop seaming after 20 odd overs. Plus it’s only the bounce that needs to be taken care of.””Rohit is a fabulous player. Someone who plays the pull shot well and also plays the cut shot well. Rohit is my pick at No.6. He can ride the bounce and play his strokes,” he further explained.”Hardik is a talented boy but Rohit for me is a complete batsman,” Harbhajan gave his take on the subject.
Harbhajan did not want to read too much into India not playing a practice game in South Africa before the first Test match.He is the fastest to reach 300 Test wickets and that’s why it will be surprising if Ravichandran Ashwin is not an “automatic pick” in the Indian Test XI in Africa, feels Harbhajan Singh.India are expected to play single spinner in the three Test matches and it is going to be a toss up between Ashwin and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.For Harbhajan, if Ashwin is fit, then there should not be any debate about who the single spinner in the playing XI should be.”The South African pitches will test patience of spinners as there won’t be much purchase like the sub-continent tracks where the ball will turn and jump from Day 1. That’s where skill comes into play as one has got to be patient,” said Harbhajan.The seasoned off-spinner believes that India has the team to beat South Africa in their own den.