Islamabad, Feb 3: Former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has said off-spinner Harbhajan Singh should be recalled back to the Indian team.
“I think at the moment, the main issue for him (Harbhajan) is too much focus on Twenty20 cricket and secondly after all he is a human being – he can’t do well all of the time and you will have your ups and downs and we should accept that. But, I think the media was after him when he was in England, but if you look at the pitches and conditions, they were more suitable for the fast bowlers. The pitches were suiting the fast bowlers, but the media seemed to have their eyes on Harbhajan Singh. I think before that series, Harbhajan was having a bit of bad form, but they kept blaming him, that was wrong I think,” Pak Passion quoted Mushtaq, as saying.
“This added more pressure on Harbhajan Singh, The critics were not talking about the fast bowlers or the batsmen. The batsmen were not performing well, but they were blaming Harbhajan Singh and put him under pressure. After that, they dropped him. I think if you see the whole scenario of the last series and before that, I think the Indian cricket officials were not treating Harbhajan Singh properly, they didn’t treat him well. I think they should trust in him and he’s done a lot for that country,” he added.
“Not just in one game, but he’s played for years and years in all forms of cricket, T20, ODI, Test cricket and has been phenomenal. I think they should call him again and should back him. I think he has a lot of cricket left in him and they should give him support. He’ll perform well and bring results for the country, they should just back him and bring him back into the squad,” Saqlain said. (ANI)