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Harbhajan Singh Congratulates Ravichandran Ashwin!

By Rashmi Nanda -

There have been many cricket legends and fans, who wished Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for bagging the two big International Cricket Council awards. 

But one of those greetings caught the attention of the people and this greeting is veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. Yes! The turbanator Bhajji congratulated India’s leading off-spinner Ravi Ashwin for bagging the ICC Cricketer of the Year and the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year awards on Thursday.

This is interesting because Harbhajan Singh is the person, who was caught in an unnecessary ‘war’ with Ashwin by saying India’s spinners picked wickets because of the rank turners which favored home team bowlers, in September during the New Zealand Test series, which won by India.

Bhajji was quoted as saying, “What we used to get, can be termed as ‘little favor’ and what happens now is ‘lot of favor’. There’s hell and heaven of a difference between the two. There should be a balance between bat and ball. Neither the batsman nor the bowler should get extra advantage”

The off-spinner added, “Skill should be the deciding factor and not the conditions. Once the conditions start playing a bigger role, skill falls behind,”

Harbhajan’s comment over the Indian spin supremacy was the most talking points of the IND-NZ Series. Even Indian skipper Virat Kohli also involved in this matter and shared his views on this ahead of the third Test in Indore.

Kohli had said on Bhajji’s comment, “See even if it is a turning pitch you have to bowl well. There is no… spin doesn’t happen only off the pitch. Spin is about how many revs you impart off the shoulder first. And then the ball will do something off the pitch.”

“I quite clearly remember after we lost to New Zealand in the World T20, suddenly their spinners were quality and we were found out. I don’t see anyone talking about that now. The same spinners have played. Why have they not been able to pick wickets? It is as simple as that.”