World T20: MS Dhoni all praise for comeback-man Harbhajan Singh
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Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for comeback-man Harbhajan Singh, terming the spin veteran's four-wicket haul in the World Twenty20 match against England as a "brilliant one under current circumstances".
"I believe I have seen Harbhajan bowl better but under current circumstances, it was a brilliant performance. He was making a comeback and got a chance to prove that he is good and under these conditions, one tends to get desperate," Dhoni told mediapersons during the post-match interaction after India thrashed the English by 90 runs.
"I would have even been happy had he got two for 24 but I believe he can bowl better," he added.
Asked what he liked about Harbhajan's bowling, Dhoni replied, "He (Harbhajan) didn't bowl any short deliveries and invited the batsmen to drive. He used the variations like top spinner and doosra effectively.
"He showed an aggressive mindset and wasn't bothered too much about field placements. He was very focused on his job," the skipper said.
Although he was non-committal about whether he is now ready to shelve his seven-batsmen theory but there were indications enough that Harbhajan is now very much in the scheme of things.
"I would say that this problem of plenty is better than not having that one extra bowler. Obviously, I don't know who all will play in the next game but obviously Harbhajan, with his ability to slog down the order, gives us an option of playing a batsman less," he answered.
Dhoni also lavished praise on Rohit Sharma and Gautam Gambhir -- both of whom have done well after considerable amount of time.
He said that if conditions remain the same, Rohit might again be promoted up the order ahead of Yuvraj Singh. "I personally rate Rohit very highly but that doesn't mean that I don't rate Yuvraj highly. Rohit is one batsman who has all kinds of shots and is our best T20 player alongside Suresh Raina," Dhoni said.
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