India missing Harbhajan's experience Down Under: Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram said India needed someone experienced like Harbhajan Singh, who knows how to stop the batsman from taking singles and maintains pressure from one end AFP

Sydney: Jan 8, 2012

Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram feels that the absence of experienced off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is costing India dearly on the bouncy Australian pitches as Ravichandran Ashwin is only good enough for sub-continental wickets.

“It was evident that India missed Harbhajan. On pitches with bounce and grass, the job of the spinner is to contain and not look for too much of turn. Let the batsman hit out over your head.

“At least try and lure them to hit you over the top.

India needed someone experienced like Harbhajan, who knows how to stop the batsman from taking singles and maintains pressure from one end. The Australians were playing Ashwin with ease and changing strike without a problem,” Akram told ‘Mobile ESPN’ here.

Akram said that young Ashwin’s limitations were exposed by the Australian batsmen during the second Test at Sydney, which India lost by an innings and 68 runs.

“In Australia, you will not get turning tracks. Even Australian spinner Nathan Lyon could not impress. So, what you will get here as a spinner is bounce. Ashwin hasn’t learnt to bowl on wickets offering bounce. He knows how to extract turn from helpful surfaces back home,” said the legendary paceman.(PTI)