Harbhajan Singh © Getty Images
Harbhajan Singh © Getty Images

Harbhajan Singh joined the bandwagon of former cricketers and stated that India should have travelled to South Africa earlier and the Sri Lanka series served little purpose ahead of the much challenging and gruelling tour of South Africa. India have already lost the series as they trail 0-2 heading into the final Test at Johannesburg, starting January 24.

“Look I believe the last Sri Lanka series at home served little purpose. We hardly gained anything out of it. Rather a few players could have gone to South Africa early. If not Dharamsala could have been a great place for preparation,” Harbhajan told PTI on the sidelines of the Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Reasoning further, Harbhajan gave his perspective, “Its high altitude, cooler weather, seam movement along with bounce would have given them ideal preparation before a tough assignment like South Africa.”

Harbhajan Singh backs Virat Kohli's decision to drop Ajinkya Rahane but says Bhuvneshwar Kumar should have played Centurion Test
Harbhajan Singh backs Virat Kohli's decision to drop Ajinkya Rahane but says Bhuvneshwar Kumar should have played Centurion Test

India were tested in the Dharamsala ODI against Sri Lanka, where they struggled against the movement. They were reduced to 29 for 7 when MS Dhoni came to rescue, guiding the side to 112. However, a defeat could not be prevented. While the bowling has come good in South Africa, Indian batsmen have struggled to cope against the extra bounce and the movement.