IPL 2012: Shaun Pollock backs Harbhajan Singh to regain form

Harbhajan Singh has so far picked only one wicket from seven games that Mumbai Indians have played AFP

New Delhi: Apr 26, 2012

Mumbai Indians bowling coach and mentor Shaun Pollock said that there is nothing to worry about captain Harbhajan Singh’s extended lean patch with the ball.

The Mumbai Indians skipper has so far got only one wicket from seven Indian Premier League games, but Pollock feels it’s just a matter of time before the senior off-spinner strikes form.

“Harbhajan sets very high standards for himself and his performance hasn’t been that bad. Obviously, he hasn’t got a lot wickets but that is not something we are worried about,” Pollock said here ahead of Mumbai Indians match against Delhi Daredevils here tomorrow.

Asked whether Harbhajan was bowling a bit flat considering a bowlers limitations in Twenty20 cricket, Pollock tried to put things into perspective.

“It depends on what situation you are bowling and to whom you are bowling. There are times when he is coming to bowl with two set batsmen at the crease. It is difficult to throw the ball up in these situations as to when you are bowling to a new batsmen,” the former South African captain said.

“But there is no doubt about the fact that he has played a lot of cricket here and knows the conditions very well.”

Asked about Lasith Malinga, who has just joined the squad after a brief lay-off due to back injury, Pollock said, “Lasith knows his body best. He will understand how he feels after bowling today. He will take a call on his availability (for tomorrow’s match).”

Robin Peterson, who changed the complexion of the match against Kings XI Punjab yesterday with his innovative switch-hits, bowled only one over in the last game, but Pollock defended the decision.

“It was decided that Robie (Peterson) will come into bowl at later stages, but then something happened in the previous over which forced the skipper to change the decision.

Hopefully, he will bowl more in the coming matches,” he said.

Pollock feels there is no reason why the Mumbai outfit can’t repeat their terrific performance against Kings XI again.

“Obviously, this kind of performance boost the confidence and also help gain momentum and self belief.”

Asked about the Indian government’s decision to nominate Sachin Tendulkar for the Upper House, Rajya Sabha, Pollock said in zest, “I don’t know anything about Parliament. For me MP means ‘My Player’.” (PTI)