KKR cs CSK: Pragyan Ojha backed under-fire his former Mumbai Indians teammate and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who hasn’t taken a single wicket in 3 games for his new franchise Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021.
Harbhajan Singh is the most experienced player in the Kolkata Knight Riders squad (KKR Instagram Photo)
- Harbhajan Singh was bought at his base price of Rs 2 crore by KKR in February this year
- Bhajji is yet to take a wicket for his new franchise in IPL 2021
- Ojha also urged KKR skipper Eoin Morgan to be more proactive in his leadership
Former India off-spinner Pragyan Ojha backed Kolkata Knight Riders to persist with veteran cricketer Harbhajan Singh, especially because of his vast experience of playing at the Wankhede Stadium for the Mumbai Indians from 2008 to 2017.
Harbhajan, who was bought by KKR in the February auction this year after being released by Chennai Super Kings, is yet to pick up a wicket for his new franchise in 3 games at the MA Chidambaram Stadium at Chepauk.
But KKR have now shifted base to Mumbai and will be playing their next 2 games in the city where Bhajji spent 10 IPL seasons plying his trade for MI. Ojha therefore, backed the off-spinner to retain his place in KKR’s XI when they take on Chennai Super Kings in the second match on April 21.
“Dropping Harbhajan Singh will be a big call because he’s got a lot of experience about Mumbai. He’s played at least 10-11 years for MI in Mumbai. So that is also very tricky but depends on the combination. But if you talk about experience, he’s got more than the entire lineup of KKR,” Ojha, who was also Bhajji’s teammate at MI, told Sports Today.
Ojha, who is member of the IPL governing council, also urged KKR skipper Eoin Morgan to be more proactive in his leadership and take calls according to the situation rather than following a set plan for the match.
“I don’t think he’s scared (as a captain), we are all human beings and we make mistakes. The biggest mistake was not giving Varun Chakravarthy that back up over after he picked 2 wickets and then being stereotype with Andre Russell bowling those last 2 overs especially when ABD was batting well.”
Ojha also pointed out the mistakes that Morgan made with his decisions which cost them the last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 18.
“I know the previous game Russell gave you the wickets but you have to evaluate the situation as well. How many times can a Russell do that? And who’s your better bet? I felt maybe Prasidh Krishna or someone else could have bowled. These tactical mistakes did cost them the game,” Ojha said.
KKR are currently placed 5th on the points table with 1 win from 3 games and will next take on 3-time champions CSK at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.