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India vs England | Ravi Shastri needs to speak up, suggests Harbhajan Singh

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India vs England | Ravi Shastri needs to speak up, suggests Harbhajan Singh

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SportsCafe Desk

08/14/2018

Harbhajan Singh has lashed out at Ravi Shastri after India’s dismal performance in England so far as he wanted the Indian coach to have a go at the players who have not done well so far. Before the tour, the coach was adamant that they would be fearless against the hosts during the ongoing tour.

The Indian cricket team looked second best throughout the ODI series against England as they were ultimately beaten in the third ODI to concede the series 2-1. There were a few postivies though with Virat Kohli overcoming the ghost of 2014 and the emergence of Kuldeep Yadav as India’s X-factor amongst the bowlers. This gave Indian supporters some kind of hope that Virat Kohli & Co. would put up a fight in the five match Test series that followed. But after two Test’s, India trail the home team by a margin of 2-0. 

One of India’s most successful spinners in Test cricket, Harbhajan Singh, has pointed out that the Indian coach - Ravi Shastri - needs to speak up in the dressing room and lash out at his players who are underperforming.

"The coach has to come on record, today or tomorrow he has to speak up. He is answerable to everyone. If India loses the series, then he might have to eat his words and admit that conditions do make a lot of difference," Harbhajan, who has 417 Test wickets to his credit, told Aaj Tak.

While the bowlers have been pretty decent for India, it’s the batting department that has faltered for the Men in Blue. Their recent defeat by an innings and 159 runs should serve as a wake-up call for change for Kohli’s boys. But Shastri had earlier assured the Indian fans that his team would be fearless when it came to England, but their performance so far have not shown any of it.

"We are aggressive. We play to win. Even in this series, we are playing to win. We are not here to draw games or fill in the numbers. We play every game to win and take the game forward. And if in trying to win we lose a game, tough luck. As long as we win more than we lose, we are happy," Shastri had said while addressing media before departing for England.

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