Chandigarh: Punjab skipper Harbhajan Singh has been advised rest for pain in his shin bone, which means he will miss Punjab's Ranji Trophy Elite Division match against Railways at the PCA stadium, Mohali, beginning on Tuesday. Uday Kaul will lead the team in his place.
Following his dismal performance in the West Indies and the Lord's Test in England earlier this summer, Harbhajan has been left out of the national team. Since then, he has missed the five-match ODI series against England and three-match Test series against the West Indies at home.
He has also been ignored for the five-match ODI series against the Windies and India's subsequent tour of Australia. Harbhajan also did not have a great run in the previous three Ranji matches.
Punjab will be playing their fourth match at home on Tuesday and Harbhajan will be replaced by Taruwar Kohli. Harmeet Bansal will replace Sandeep Sharma, while Ravi Inder Singh will be in for Sarul Kanwar for the game.
Punjab have six points from three outings with one win, one loss and a draw. While they managed only a point from their first game against UP in which they conceded the first innings lead, in the second game they registered eight-wicket win over Orissa to gain five points but lost the third match by an innings against Saurashtra.
Railways, meanwhile, have earned three points from equal number of outings with a draw and two losses.