Why Harbhajan Singh has been dropped

Updated: 30 September 2011 10:57 IST

Harbhajan Singh has been India's primary strike bowler in the spin department but statistics reveal that the turbanator has been more of an influence on paper than with the ball in the recent past. Although Harbhajan's overall tally of 259 wickets is an envious figure for many spin bowlers, but his recent record has been less than satisfying for the World Champions.

Why Harbhajan Singh has been dropped
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New Delhi:

Harbhajan Singh has been India's primary strike bowler in the spin department but statistics reveal that the turbanator has been more of an influence on paper than with the ball in the recent past.

Although Harbhajan's overall tally of 259 wickets is an envious figure for many spin bowlers, but his recent record has been less than satisfying for the World Champions.

In the recent games, Harbhajan's role had shifted from a prolific wicket-taker to someone who could put the lid on the batsman but after the England Test series where he struggled with fitness and form, he was excluded from the Indian team for the England ODI series.

Harbhajan's ODI bowling record

Location Matches Overs Runs Wickets Average Best S.R. 5WI
Overall 229 2009.5 8651 259 33.40 5 /31 46.5 3
Home 91 835.2 3691 104 35.49 5/31 48.1 2
Away 78 658.0 2813 85 33.09 5/56 46.4 1
Neutral 60 516.3 2147 70 30.67 4/46 44.2 0

Last three calendar years

Year Matches Overs Runs Wickets Average Best S.R. 5WI
2009 26 206.5 1036 31 33.41 5/56 40.0 1
2010 6 53.0 253 9 28.11 3/47 35.3 0
2011 17 164.0 702 17 41.29 3/32 57.8 0

Harbhajan's record in major tournaments has also been quite poor. His performance was below par even during India's successful World Cup campaign as he only managed to pick up nine wickets in as many matches despite the sub-continent conditions suiting spin bowlers.

Major tournaments

Tournament Matches Overs Runs Wickets Average Best S.R. 5WI
World Cup 21 192.2 808 20 40.40 3/53 57.7 0
Asia Cup 7 64.0 268 7 38.28 2/47 54.8 0
Champions Trophy 13 125 496 14 35.42 3/27 53. 5 0

(Statistics by Rajesh Kumar)

Topics : Cricket Harbhajan Singh Ishant Sharma England India
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