New Delhi: As the veteran stars Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh get set to make a comeback in the national team in the upcoming T20 series against Australia, former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman welcomed the development as he felt that even in the shortest format there was no substitute for experience.
In his column for Cricket Country, Laxman praised the national selectors for showing faith in the senior pros.
“The return of Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh is a welcome development because for all the talk about Twenty20 cricket being a young man’s game, the Big Bash League — among the latest of the T20 leagues — has shown that there really is no substitute for experience.
“Brad Hodge and Kevin Pietersen, not to mention Chris Gayle, set the tournament alight; Indian selectors must be complimented for pinning their faith in the experienced trio of Nehra, Harbhajan and Yuvi, who are proven performers.”
Laxman heaped praise on Nehra, who is making a comeback in the national team after a gap of almost five years.
“The best dot-ball in any format of the game is the one that comes with a ‘W’ attached to it. Ashish showed during his stint with Chennai Super Kings last year that he still has what it takes to hoodwink the best in the business, both with new ball and at the death, where he has quite mastered the art of bowling the yorker.
The three-match T20 series is scheduled to start from January 26 at Adelaide.