Kolkata, May 21: Offspinner Harbhajan Singh has returned to India's Test squad for the first time in two years after he was picked for the only Test in Bangladesh from June 10 to 14. Former Indian Captain, Sourav Ganguly has hailed the decision calling him a good pick for the team.
The selection committee met on Wednesday and retained the majority of the squad that toured Australia with the exception of left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja. Praise of Sourav Ganguly comes at a point when Harbhajan has played only three first-class matches in last season's Ranji Trophy where he got six wickets with a best of 3 for 51 - but has been in impressive form. For Mumbai Indians this IPL season he picked up 16 wickets in 14 matches. Sourav is quick to add that Harbhajan has 413 test wickets to his name.
"Absolutely, he has played well. He is a great bowler. Good opportunity for him. I am happy and I hope he utilizes this opportunity. He has got 413 test wickets. Hopefully he can keep performing and bowling for next 2-3 years", Ganguly said.
Harbhajan last played Test cricket in 2013, when he was picked for the final two matches of the home series against Australia that India won 4-0. Harbhajan's decline started in 2011 tour of England, where an injury forced him to return home after the first two Tests.
"They did not get selected. Those who got selected will be playing. Everyone has got opportunity if they keep scoring runs", he said.
Ganguly asked about the form of Bangladesh team said that they could in no way be considered the underdogs as in a recent series they beat Pakistan by 4 – 0. He said the Bangla Tigers were in super form and were a tough team to compete with.
"I think they have done the right thing. They have taken the best possible team. Bangladesh at home is a dangerous sight. They beat Pakistan by 4-0. Don not take them lightly", he said.
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