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Ganguly will make an excellent coach for Team India: Harbhajan

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I am looking forward to being back in the team, he says

New project:Cricketer Harbhajan Singh unveiling a plaque to mark laying of the foundation stone for a swimming pool at the Green Valley National School and PU College at Shiroor in Udupi district on Friday.
New project:Cricketer Harbhajan Singh unveiling a plaque to mark laying of the foundation stone for a swimming pool at the Green Valley National School and PU College at Shiroor in Udupi district on Friday.

Cricketer Harbhajan Singh said on Friday that the former captain of Team India Sourav Ganguly would be a “fantastic choice” to be the coach of the Indian team.

He was addressing presspersons before laying the foundation stone for a swimming pool at Green Valley National School and PU College here.

He said when the team was going through a turbulent time in 2000, it was Ganguly, who as the captain, had steered it out of it. Ganguly made sure that the team performed well. He made the team feel that it could win in any situation. “If I have a vote, I will vote for Ganguly as the coach. The other person is Anil Kumble. It will be nice to work with them again,” he said.

Asked if senior players were feeling threatened by the entry of young new spinners, Harbhajan said that if he felt threatened, he would stop playing cricket.

“I have been playing for 12 years. I don’t feel any threat. I am looking forward to being back in the team. Hopefully, I will be picked by the selectors,” he said.

On the new field restrictions, Harbhajan said they were difficult for spinners and fast bowlers.

But batsmen got more opportunities.

“They will be able to find gaps, take singles, and also score boundaries. The restrictions are more favourable to batsmen than bowlers,” he said.

On his consistently good performance against the Australian team, Harbhajan said Australia dominated cricket for many years.

“Lately, we had done well against them. When you are pitted against the best, you want to do better than the best,” he said.

Asked why youngsters such as Ajinkya Rahane or Manoj Tiwari were not getting selected, he said: “I am not the selector. So I cannot say why they are not getting selected.”

To a query, Harbhajan said: “Hard work always pays off, if not today, tomorrow. That is what I always tell students. Students can achieve more than what they think, they can. I was not a good student. But whatever I did, I did it with passion – like cricket.”

John Mathew, principal of the school, Syed Abdul Kader, president of Shiroor Welfare Trust, and Syed Hassan Saheb, senior vice-president, were present.

Harbhajan also released a brochure and prospectus of the school.

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