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Finger spinners need to reinvent to remain relevant in ODIs: Harbhajan

NEW DELHI: Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels Ravindra Jadeja is still in with an opportunity to make India's World Cup squad at the again of his all-round talents however to continue to exist purely as a finger spinner, he must improvise.

Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have turn into India's preferred possible choices within the shorter formats during the last 18 months, while Jadeja and R Ashwin have gone down within the pecking order.

Harbhajan, who has performed 3 50-over World Cups including two finals, is still now not able to rely Jadeja out even if he used to be now not part of the enjoying XI all through the just-concluded ODIs in New Zealand.

"If you remember, during the 2017 Champions Trophy, the weather in UK was hot and humid. So, if conditions are same, Jadeja could still be used as a package, if the opposition team has five to six right-handers in their line-up. Play him as No.6 with Hardik Pandya as No.7. Also he is still your best fielder," Harbhajan stated all through an exclusive interview.

One of the finest off-spinners of his technology, Harbhajan agreed that finger spinners' shares are down in comparison to wrist spinners.

"It's simple, wrist spinners have three basic variations. Leg-break, googly (wrong-un) and the flipper. If you add top spinner, which is rarely used in ODIs, it becomes four," the 38-year-old with 417 Tests and 269 ODI wickets, stated.

"Now come to an off-spinner. If you shouldn't have an efficient doosra, the off-breaks turn into predictable and excellent batsmen will line you up for slogging. Even Nathan Lyon used to be struggling within the ODIs and he's a classical off-break bowler.

"Unless you might have the ball that leaves the right-hander, it is vitally tough to dislodge the leg-spinners from shorter formats."

The veteran also feels that worldwide, there was a decline within the high quality of batting against spin bowling, particularly the wrist spinners.

"The art of studying the spinners out of the hand is at the decline. Most of the in another country batsmen, when you see, are trying to learn wrist spinners after pitching and that is the reason unhealthy," he lamented.

"However, Kuldeep and Chahal were very consistent. Just test their pitch map throughout the 40-odd games and the length has been very correct. But not like Indian batsmen, who are masters at studying the fingers, it's not the case with most of the in another country batsmen," Harbhajan explained.

"I will be able to provide you with an instance. Kuldeep and Chahal would have had a difficult time if they needed to bowl to Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma as both are excellent avid gamers of spin bowling."

But Rohit has had his percentage of problems against leg-spinners?

"Yes, that is just in a couple of IPL games all through preliminary overs of an innings. If it is a 50-over match and a player of Rohit's calibre is batting against the wrist spinners, he has that high quality that he'll hit him to any a part of the bottom. Whenever and anyplace he needs to."

"Or for that subject Gautam Gambhir, who is some other terrific player of spin bowling. He used to be this kind of fabulous player as he would watch it from the hand and play past due with the spin," he reasoned.

Kedar Jadhav has been India's specialist finger spinner within the 50-over structure all through the past two years (when now not injured) and his low leap makes him a useful bowler, stated Harbhajan.

"Kedar's low leap makes him a difficult bowler. In any case, he's short and with that side-arm motion, the balls keep very low. He grips the ball in this kind of way that, it might never hit the seam and so there won't be true leap to be had to hit the deliveries throughout the line.

"The ball will never hit the 'sweet spot' of the bat and so the batsman will not get the required elevation," he signed off.

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