Irani Cup: A golden opportunity for Harbhajan to make a comeback

By Suyash Srivastava | Updated: Feb 03, 2014, 21:36 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/ Suyash Srivastava

New Delhi: Veteran Indian spinner Harbahajan Singh was hardly missed in 2013, when the Indian team was in prolific form as they won six out of seven ODI series. But as the Indian spinners are under scrutiny for their poor show overseas, it`s an excellent opportunity for `The Turbanator` to knock the doors of the selectors.

Ravichandran Ashwin`s poor form can be ascertained from the fact that the off-spinner picked just one wicket in the five-match ODI series against New Zealand. The Kiwis played him with ease, as he failed to deliver up to the expectations of MS Dhoni and the Indian fans.

Ashwin failed to prove himself when India toured South Africa, as there too, he picked one wicket from three ODIs and was dropped for the second Test, after he went wicketless in the first Test held at Johannesburg.

In such a crunch situation, Bhajji can once again show why he was once Dhoni`s go-to-man, by doing well in the Irani Trophy, where he is supposed to lead the Rest of India squad. The tournament could also be a good opportunity for other senior players like Amit Mishra and Gautam Gambhir to make their presence felt.