India vs England 2021: “The batsmen had to play every ball” – Harbhajan Singh praises Axar Patel for the way he bowled in the third test

Harbhajan Singh was all praise for Axar Patel who consistently bowled stump to stump lines and lengths in the third test.

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Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh praised all-rounder Axar Patel for the way he bowled in the pink-ball Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium last week. The hosts registered a comprehensive 10-wicket win over England in the third Test and took the 2-1 lead in the series. India is now eyeing the World Test Championship final spot in the last game of the series.

India only need to draw the final Test against Joe Root’s men in order to seal a spot in the WTC final. Axar, playing in just his second Test, scalped 11 wickets in the day-night Test to spin a web over the Englishmen. According to Harbhajan, it is the bowler who should be credited for turning the ball even if the pitch had something for the spinner.

The fourth Test of the series will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium from Thursday

‘At the beginning of our journey, the spinners are taught to hit the stump’ – Harbhajan Singh

Axar Patel
Axar Patel

Harbhajan said, “At the beginning of our journey, the spinners are taught to hit the stump — the ball should hit the stump after the spin. If the wicket has spin then the bowler needs to judge how much spin is required, and if you’re missing the stumps constantly then it’s the bowler’s fault. If there is a spinning track or any other track, there is always a challenge to bowl.

The most difficult balls were the ones where the batsman had to face with the bat and I believe Axar Patel was the best bowler in this game. Because the batsman had to play every ball and Axar himself didn’t know whether the ball will spin or not,” while speaking on Star sports Show

In the ongoing series, Rohit Sharma, Axar and Ravichandran Ashwin have been the standout performers and now in the fourth Test, they would look to continue the form.

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