Harbhajan Singh can bat

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Harbhajan Singh fires his cricket bat shaped cricket ball gun

Perennially sulky, team-mate-slapping off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh, played some demented shots in hitting 49 off 31 balls in a heroic but doomed bid to win the first one-day international against Australia. Praveen Kumar was a handy sidekick, hitting 40 not out off 32. Harbhajan enjoys batting against Australia.

If you’re due to bat at the lofty heights of number eight, you need to be half decent these days. In fact, you have to be half decent to bat at nine (like Kumar). In this same match, Australia had Mitchell Johnson at eight and Brett Lee at nine. Even England have a go at this with Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann occupying those batting slots of late.

However, the king of the lower order is surely Daniel Vettori, whose Test batting average at number eight is 42.64 with three hundreds.


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  1. Yeah, it was shite bowling, but reliably dispatched all the same. And it wasn’t just Watson.

  2. Those twenty runs were ALL Twatto.

    It was that over that made the Peke look like Sehwag, instead of just a bowler who is a good no. 8 batsman.

  3. in that picture he appears to be playing in coloured clothing with a red ball. what’s up with that?

  4. The dirt on the pitch made the white ball go quite red. That’s all.It was a bit weird.

    As was Watson’s bowling. If Inzamam or Younis Khan had been captain, Pakistan politicians and many people around the world would have shouted fix.

    As it is Ponting, few suspect anything. No one used to question Cronje either.

  5. Wait till Shiv Chanderpaul pushes himself further down a la The Vet…will provide a new dimension to batting averages at numbers 8 and 9.

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