Harbhajan's basics are flawed, says Prasanna

Former India off spinner Erapali Prasanna (L) feels Harbhajan Singh’s reluctance to bowl doosra has severely affected his bowling AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Chennai: Sep 7, 2011

Legendary Indian off spinner Erapalli Prasanna has slammed Indian off spinner Harbhajan Singh for his poor form in Test cricket. Prasanna feels Harbhajan should relook into his basics as he is struggling to get wickets in international cricket.

Prasanna was quoted in The Hindu, “He is delivering from a very chest-on position. Consequently, his length has suffered. He has got his length right only 25 to 30 percent of times. If your length is awry, your line is affected as well. The fact that his basics are not strong, he does not pivot or get his body behind his action, is not helping matters either. There is very little follow through.”

The legendary spinner feels Harbhajan s past record will not help him get wickets in the present. “Numbers need not reflect the authenticity of performance. For instance, a batsman might have got 5000 Test runs. But 40 per cent of those runs could have come through streaky strokes,” said Prasanna.

Prasanna feels Harbhajan s inability to bowl doosra due to tougher ICC sanctions on bowling action could have hurt Harbhajan s mind set. , “I think he is conscious of his action coming under a cloud when he bowls the doosra; this has affected him psychologically. He has not employed this delivery much in recent times and has become predictable,” he said.

Prasanna did not spare other spinners in the Indian team as well. He criticized leg spinner severely for bowling too many extras in the ongoing England tour. “How can a spinner do this in a Test? What is the support staff doing?”

Prasanna feels that a spinner has to be handled smartly by the captain which is missing in present cricket teams.

He said, “Tiger Pataudi, with all his intelligence, was different. There is no aggressive skipper like him around now”

When asked about Indian Premier League (IPL) sensation, R Ashwin, Prasanna said it will be too early to assess the young off spinner. “I do not want to judge him on the basis of one-day and Twenty20 cricket. I want to see him on a good wicket in the longer version of the game,” said Prasanna.