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Irked by Harbhajan Singh's 'Doctored Pitches' Tweet, Skipper Virat Kohli Defends Spinners

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: October 13, 2016, 1:53 PM IST
Irked by Harbhajan Singh's 'Doctored Pitches' Tweet, Skipper Virat Kohli Defends Spinners

India captain Virat Kohli celebrating a wicket taken by offspinner R Ashwin. (AFP)

Indore: India's most successful off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, in a series of tweets, had alleged that the success that current generation of spinners are enjoying is because of spin-friendly pitches at home.

Harbhajan used the hashtag 'tailormadeconditionsforspinners' during the Indore Test, in which ace Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin finished the match with stunning figures of 13/140.

In another tweet, Bhajji wrote,"(Anil) Kumble and my Test wicket count would have been something else if we got wickets like last 4 years we playing on".

Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli was told about Bhajji's comments during the post match press conference after India beat New Zealand emphatically at the Holkar Stadium by 321 runs on Tuesday.

Kohli defended the spinners saying,"See even if it is a turning pitch you have to bowl well. Spin doesn’t happen only off the pitch. Spin is about how many revs you impart off the shoulder first. And then the ball will do something off the pitch,”.

“We knew before the series that people are going to start talking about pitches,” Kohli said. “But we made it a point that we knew that there are monsoons everywhere, wickets are not going to be as dry. Especially in Kolkata, we knew that it wouldn’t be dry; it was a newly laid wicket. We didn’t say anything once. We believe in our abilities, we should be good enough to do it on any surface and against any team,” he added.

Harbhajan's tweet comes at a time when Ravichandran Ashwin is in the form of his life, setting new bowling standards with every passing match. Ashwin ended the 3-match Test series with 27 wickets to his name and he was also adjudged the man of the series, his fourth in a row in Test cricket.

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First Published: October 13, 2016, 10:21 AM IST

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