R. Ashwin is better than Harbhajan Singh, Stats don’t lie – Virat Kohli

Harbhajan Singh, the once India’s successful spinner and the most potential bowler, has tweeted recently opposing the surfaces of the home ground where the test teams are being conducted since four years forgetting that they are the same pitches in which he bowled. He started stating the same in many interviews using the controversial hashtags saying that the pitches are tailor made exclusively for spinners and referred to the Indore’s surface as one of such kind. He also said that if these are the pitch conditions, Anil Kumble’s and his scores would be something entirely else had they bowled in similar conditions. While it is foolish and downright dumb of him to pass such comments on the home ground pitches, Virat Kohli has something else to say.

Harbhajan Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin

Virat Kohli on hearing the word ‘red rag’ on describing the pitch conditions after the New Zealand’s whitewash within 4 days at Indore reacted very differently. Kohli was asked by the media if he attributes these wins to anything else other than the pitches. Kohli shot asking, “Who said the statement?”, the media replied that it was Harbhajan Singh to which he just managed to say, “Oh! Okay”.

Obviously, I mean. See even if it is a turning pitch you have to bowl well. There is no… 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. I quite clearly remember after we lost to New Zealand in the World T20, suddenly their spinners were quality and we were found out. I don’t see anyone talking about that now. The same spinners have played. Why have they not been able to pick wickets? It is as simple as that. Our fast bowlers picked wickets everywhere. We never complained about anything. So… see you can give a guy a cement track to bat on. He [still] needs to have the mindset to score runs. It is as simple as that.

That is a step in the right direction as far as our team is concerned. We believe in our skill much more, and not focus on creating atmosphere or conditions that might suit us partially. We just wanted to express ourselves the way we can on a cricket field. We finished two games in four days on perfectly fine Test cricket pitches. That gives us a lot of confidence.

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