Harbhajan Singh has slammed India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun’s statement regarding the toss factor in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The Virat Kohli-led team has been knocked out of the world cup following New Zealand’s win against Afghanistan on Sunday.
Bowling coach Bharat Arun while addressing a press conference, said that losing tosses in the tournament was a big disadvantage for India. However, Harbhajan Singh has expressed his disagreement with Bharat Arun.
Speaking on Sports Tak, Harbhajan Singh said,
“I heard Bharat Arun saying that had India won the toss, they could have done this and done that. All that is up for a later discussion. If you had thought that you wanted to bowl first or bat first, well… didn’t Chennai Super Kings win the IPL after batting first? They did score 190, so you have to make runs. Let us accept the fact that we didn’t play well as we should have and we did not live up to expectations.”
Let us admit, India did not play well: Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh further pointed out that other teams won matches, despite losing the toss. He expressed that India is a champion side, and giving excuses does not suit them. Harbhajan stated, that we should admit that the Indian team did not play well and avoid giving further excuses. He said,
“It’s easy. There is no if and but involved, things like ‘if we had won the toss, we would have won the match as well’. It doesn’t work that way. There are teams who did not win the toss but ended up winning the match. Such things are said by teams who aren’t as developed. But India are a strong unit, a champion unit,”
“If coaches give such excuses, it’s really wrong. Let us admit we did not play well, which can happen. Not a problem, but going forward, it should be learning that we should not give out such statements and try to play better,” Harbhajan Singh concluded.