Why Harbhajan Singh is Dropped from Indian Team [Stats]

Today India announced its squad for the Test series against West Indies, which will be touring India next month. The opposition is West-Indies which is probably not the best in the world but a notable omission from the squad is Harbhajan Singh.

The announced squad includes:

Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Virat Kohli, Varun Aaron, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Sharma.

MS Dhoni will be captain and wicket-keeper.

Why Harbhajan Singh was dropped?

The off-spinner has been controversial and a great fighter. He has taken over 400 wickets in test matches. But let’s go over his test record for the year 2011.

Test Record of Harbhajan Singh in 2011

Tests: 06

Wickets: 20

Average: 38.05

Those numbers have been pathetic when compared to his career where he averages more than 4 wickets per test match. I think unlike other cricketers; he has not got a rest. He has played continuously for over a year, until getting injured in England. Even after a comeback he should have bowled in longer format in the Irani Trophy rather than playing Champions League for Mumbai Indians; then that is a different argument for a different post. 😛

Maybe a break would do him a lot of good and not harm. But being over 30, it might be difficult to make a comeback with youngsters breathing down his neck.

What are your views on Harbhajan Singh being dropped from the Test team? Do drop in your comments.

(Stats complied with Stats Guru)

Why Harbhajan Singh loves Eden Gardens?

I think we saw a great Test match today between India and South Africa. Both teams were playing for the number one spot and rain on the fourth day had made it possible for South Africa to play for a draw, win the series and get the No 1 Ranking for Test cricket. But Indian team had other plans and Harbhajan Singh took 5 wickets to win India the match. India now hold on to their No 1 ranking.

I though it would be nice to look up what Harbhajan Singh does in Eden Gardens Kolkatta. Obviously he seems to relish bowling there as it is also the place where he took a hat trick against Australia way back in 2001. I thought about looking up some distinct statistics to see actually how much does Harbhajan actually love Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

It is incredible to be honest. He has taken 355 wickets in his career in 83 Tests that is a average of  4.27 wickets. Now compare it to 07 Tests and 46 wickets at Eden Garden in Kolkata. He has taken a astounding 6.5 wickets per Test in Kolkata.

On a lighter note India played in Kolkata since November 2007 and since then Harbhajan has had his form be a little on and off. I guess to get him back in the groove India should schedule more matches in Kolkata. What do you say?

Here is a table of comparison of how he has performed in Kolkata and his entire Career statistics.

Career Stats
Eden Garden’s Stats
Tests 83 07
Overs 3900.1 415.1
Wickets 355 46
5 Wkts 24 6
10 Wkts 5 1
Winning Side 35 Tests out of 83 4 Tests out of 6

Source of data is Cricinfo.com StatsGuru. Statistics were accurate on 18th Feb 2010.