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

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Feb 5: Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels Ravindra Jadeja is still in with a chance to make India�s World Cup squad on the back of his all-round skills but to survive purely as a finger spinner, he will have to improvise.

Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have become India�s preferred choices in the shorter formats over the last 18 months, while Jadeja and R Ashwin have gone down in the pecking order.

Harbhajan, who has played three 50-over World Cups including two finals, is still not ready to count Jadeja out even though he was not a part of the playing XI during 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 told PTI during an exclusive interview.

One of the finest off-spinners of his generation, Harbhajan agreed that finger spinners� stocks are down compared to wrist spinners. � PTI

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

NEW DELHI, Feb 5: Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels Ravindra Jadeja is still in with a chance to make India�s World Cup squad on the back of his all-round skills but to survive purely as a finger spinner, he will have to improvise.

Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have become India�s preferred choices in the shorter formats over the last 18 months, while Jadeja and R Ashwin have gone down in the pecking order.

Harbhajan, who has played three 50-over World Cups including two finals, is still not ready to count Jadeja out even though he was not a part of the playing XI during 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 told PTI during an exclusive interview.

One of the finest off-spinners of his generation, Harbhajan agreed that finger spinners� stocks are down compared to wrist spinners. � PTI