Home > News >

India will whitewash Australia, feels Harbhajan Singh

India will whitewash Australia, feels Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh has picked up 90 wickets against Australia in 16 Test matches © Getty Images

New Delhi: Jan 31, 2013

Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who has had some memorable performances against Australia in the past, on Thursday started the game of one-upmanship by declaring that India will thrash Michael Clarke‘s men 4-0 in the upcoming Test series, starting February 22.

“This is a young Australian team. They are even getting beaten on their home grounds consistenly. We should defeat them easily and 4-0 whitewash is a real possibility,” Harbhajan said on the sidelines of a promotional event on Thursday.

Bhajji, who has been selected to play for the Rest of India squad in the Irani trophy is optimistic about his chances of selection in the upcoming Australian series.

“I have bowled a number of overs in the Ranji series and am feeling good about my rhythm. I am trying to utilise whatever opportunities of match practice that I am able to get. I am hopeful that I will make the cut for the Australia Test series.”

Comparing with the past Australian teams with the present batch, Harbhajan opined that Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting’s units had players who were matchwinners in their own rights.

“They had 11 champion players. Right from Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden to Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, McGrath, they were unbeatable as a unit.”

Harbhajan feels that the recently-retired Ricky Ponting, with whom he had been involved in numerous on-field battles in the past, will be missed by the current inexperienced Aussies.

“Ponting was a class act. It will be difficult for Australians to replace him,” he said.

Talking about the recently concluded India-England series where England thumped India with a 2-1 margin in the Tests, the offie feels that blaming the pitches for team’s poor performance is not the correct way to move forward.

“We should not always blame the pitch for our bad perormance. The England team played better cricket overall, they played our spinners better, their spinners bowled better than us,” he said.

Harbhajan, who was the captain of the Punjab team which made it to the Ranji Trophy semi-finals this year feels that although the pitches were better for seamers this season, yet they wasn’t much help for the spinners.

“Seamers on first day tracks got wickets but as the matches progressed, even on day three and four, due to green-tops, the ball wasn’t gripping onto the surface. Such pitches do not give the spinners any advantage and even on the last day, they struggled to get wickets. In the end, it became easier for batsmen only,” he said.

Harbhajan, who recently relinquished the captainship of the Mumbai Indians franchisee in the Indian Premier League, felt that being a captain was taking a lot out of him and he was not able to give his very best for the team.

“Being a captain is an added responsibility and it took a lot out of me. At present, I just wanted to focus on my game, and hence I decided to give someone else a chance. I wish all the luck to the next skipper,” he said.

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test: Australia's practice session

Videos

Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Kevin Pietersen saga: Stuart Broad, James Anderson saddened by bullying claims

Live Cricket Score India A vs Sri Lanka, warm-up match at Mumbai: India A maul Sri Lanka by 87 runs

Live Cricket Score Duleep Trophy Central Zone vs South Zone, final at Delhi Day 2: South Zone lead by 32 runs at the end of second day’s play

Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi Day 1: Younis Khan reaches his 100

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane — who should open for India?

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

Younis Khan 4th Pakistani to score 3 consecutive 100s

Kumar Sangakkara expresses sorrow on Sri Lanka landslide

India A vs Sri Lanka 2014: Sanjay Bangar says lots of positives from India A’s win over Sri Lanka

Younis Khan, Azhar Ali put Pakistan in advantage at stumps on Day 1 against Australia in 2nd Test

Yuvraj Singh flays media for twisting statements on future in international cricket

Highest identical scores in both innings of a Test

Younis Khan — perhaps Pakistan’s greatest batsman ever

India A vs Sri Lankans tour match: Players look to make the most of opportunities

Viv Richards: How did he perform against the West Indian quicks?

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane — who should open for India?

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

Apple replaces user’s iPad for free after NASA rocket mishap

Ek Hasina Thi: Is Dev coming close to finding out Durga’s real identity?

सेक्स टिप #16: अलसी का बीज योनि शुष्कता की समस्या से दिलाता है राहत

हैदराबाद : भारत में पहली बार चिकित्सकों ने अजन्मे बच्चे का दिल का ऑपरेशन किया

Saina Nehwal climbs to No 5 position in Badminton rankings

India A vs Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey star in 88-run win

Xiaomi poaches Donovan Sung from Spotify to lead international product development: Report

Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Parineeti Chopra- who rocks the high waist skirt more? Vote!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here