Sachin, Bhajji to return for Tests vs Lanka
A fit-again Sachin Tendulkar and spinner Harbhajan Singh are set to return and beef up a struggling Indian team, to be picked in Mumbai , for the three-Test series against Sri Lanka starting later this month.Updated: Jul 07, 2008 11:04 IST
A fit-again Sachin Tendulkar and the controversial spinner Harbhajan Singh are set to return and beef up a struggling Indian team, to be picked in Mumbai on Tuesday, for the three-Test series against Sri Lanka starting later this month.
The clamour for the expected recall of seniors Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in the Test squad led by Anil Kumble has gone up after the one-day team's failure to clinch both the tri-series in Bangladesh and the Asia Cup in Pakistan that ended on Sunday.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his younger lot of players did not show the needed will and strength of character in the most crucial ties of both the tournaments, the finals, and lost to Pakistan and Sri Lanka respectively.
With Tendulkar reportedly fit and Harbhajan Singh having served out his five-match ODI ban for slapping fellow-India teammate S Sreesanth during the Indian Premier League, the duo is poised to get back to international action along with Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman.
Tendulkar missed the two ODI events post-IPL to give rest to his troublesome groin. His inspiring presence along with those of the other three vastly experienced batsmen should give the batting line-up the stability that seemed to be missing at crucial stages in the one-day tournaments.
Yuvraj Singh, after having had a mixed run in the Tests, is the frontrunner for one of the remaining slots in the middle order.
The remaining spot might go to Suresh Raina who has returned to the ODI squad after a long gap and seem to have edged ahead of Rohit Sharma and his UP teammate Mohd Kaif on current form.