As Team India look to prevent a clean sweep in the third and final ODI in Canberra, veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh has explained how to get Steve Smith out. Incidentally, Smith has been in impeccable form knocking two consecutive match-winning centuries.
Meanwhile, the Aussies have already sealed the series winning the first two matches. Smith has been the top-performer with the bat for the Aussies so far with back-to-back hundreds in the first two games. Smith has looked unstoppable despite heading into the series on the back of a disappointing IPL campaign for Rajasthan Royals.
Chahal and Kuldeep should bowl in tandem – Harbhajan Singh
He has played an instrumental role in Australia’s back-to-back wins with scores of 105 and 104 runs respectively in the first two games. Steve Smith will be the biggest threat once again as India look to salvage their pride. Leading to the game, Harbhajan Singh has some advice for the Indian bowlers on how to get Smith out.
“I would like to see Smith batting against spinners. You know, Yuzvendra Chahal or maybe Kuldeep Yadav coming in, in the side. They both bowling in tandem and bowl 7-8 overs of spin when Smith comes in. Steve Smith is someone who likes pace on the bat. If you take that away from him, that might be the key point to get him out,” Harbhajan told India Today.
Meanwhile, Indian bowlers have struggled so far to pick wickets. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, and Yuzvendra Chahal have looked off-colours after a stunning show in the IPL. Chahal has conceded as many as 160 runs in the first two games and picked up only one wicket while Navdeep Saini has managed 1 wicket for 153 runs in the first two ODIs.
India might look to make a couple of changes in the last and final ODI on December 2 in Canberra.