‘Unhealthy pitches, pretend confidence’ – Harbhajan Singh hits out at crew India for not being prepared for five-day match

Picture Supply : GETTY Rohit Sharma in WTC Closing 2023

Harbhajan Singh identified crew India’s lack of preparation previous to the ICC World Take a look at Championship ultimate 2023 (WTC) ultimate towards Australia on Wednesday, June 13. The previous Indian cricketer highlighted that India’s 2-1 win in Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 gained them ‘pretend confidence’ because it got here as a result of ‘unhealthy pitches’ in India.

India entered the WTC ultimate as a world no.1 Take a look at crew and with lots of confidence gained from their triumph in Border-Gavaskar. However it all got here crashing down at The Oval from Day 1 as India suffered an embarrassing 209-run loss on Day 5, June 11. 

India’s think-tank had a troublesome choice to make with the bowling mixture at The Oval’s inexperienced pitch. And to everybody’s shock, the world no.1 Take a look at bowler Ravichandran Ashwin was not in India’s enjoying eleven for the WTC ultimate. Nevertheless, regardless of successful the toss, the Indian crew was on the again foot from Day 1 as Pat Cummins-led aspect dominated in each space.

Indian crew appeared completely out of clues to adapt to enjoying circumstances at The Oval. Harbhajan highlighted that Rohit Sharma’s aspect lacked the recent expertise of working onerous for 5 days. 

“You can not give your self that pretend confidence after enjoying and successful matches on unhealthy pitches the place the ball begins spinning from ball one,” Harbhajan told Star Sports. “You will have to develop a habit of working hard for five days. Only then you will find yourself prepared better for these big matches.”

Harbhajan, who took 95 wickets in 18 Exams towards Australia, additionally slammed poor spin-friendly pitches within the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He mentioned that India performed the ultimate with 4 specialist pacers however they’d no expertise of enjoying on abroad pitches much like the Oval.

“Quick bowlers don’t get to bowl a lot on these pitches, spinners are used proper from the primary over. There are lots of issues we must always rectify,” Harbhajan mentioned.

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