Ricky Ponting’s exhausting palms towards spin bowling and the psychological edge he had yanked from the batsman very early within the 2001 sequence helped former India spinner Harbhajan Singh plot out the ex-Australian skipper continuously.
Harbhajan, who performed 103 Take a look at matches and took 417 wickets in his profession, dismissed Take a look at cricket’s second-highest run-getter 10 instances – 5 instances every within the 2001 residence sequence and the 2007-08 sequence Down Underneath.
Harbhajan, nevertheless, has monumental respect for Pointing not simply as a batsman however as a information and coach to kids when the 2 shared the identical dressing room at Mumbai Indians within the Indian Premier League.
“There is no such thing as a doubt that he (Ponting) is among the greatest batsmen to have performed the sport. He’ll all the time be remembered as one of many best to have performed the sport,” Harbhajan advised IANS on Friday. “I had my time towards him once I thought I used to be equal to him at my greatest and I started feeling that means once I acquired him out a few instances.”
Harbhajan stated that he discovered some technical frailty in Ponting, who was recognized to smash quick bowlers all around the park.
“I might see that whereas coming ahead in his defence, he jabs (on the ball) and would not play with gentle palms. I felt that in his defence, he comes with exhausting palms. The ball that bounces or rises would hit the highest of his bat and that all the time gave me an opportunity for bat-pad or get him out caught at short-leg or backward short-leg. And as soon as I sensed that he wasn’t actually comfy in defending the ball, I might play on the weak spot,” stated the 40-year-old.
Harbhajan stated that strong defence is required to turn out to be a whole and correct batsman. ‘Bhajji’ acquired the Australian in numerous methods. Aside from getting him out with close-in fielders, he additionally acquired him out leg-before and caught at slips. Ponting might rating simply over 200 Take a look at runs towards the India off-spinner.
“You might have each shot, however when you’ve got strong defence you turn out to be a really correct, full batsman. When he used to play quick bowling, it by no means appeared like he had exhausting palms however towards a spinner it’s a must to play with barely extra gentle palms. I felt he would rush, and the ball would hit his gloves. I acquired him out four-five instances (5 instances) in that sequence towards us in 2001,” Harbhajan defined.
“After that, each time I performed towards him, it was extra of a psychological recreation. Whenever you get out to a bowler just a few instances then it’s all the time behind your thoughts. Even if you’re batting at 130, you all the time suppose, oh this bowler has come, hope he would not get me out. That was in all probability one thing he had on his thoughts. Possibly that was a bonus for me. I had in my thoughts that I can get him out. I felt like circumstances do not matter, the floor would not matter. I can get him out, so it labored for me.”