Laxman slams Dhoni for not backing Harbhajan

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 23, 2013 11:46 hrs

Chennai: VVS Laxman has come down heavily on Indian skipper MS Dhoni for his treatment of Harbhajan Singh in the ongoing Chennai Test.

Speaking on air as part of the Star Cricket commentary team, Laxman said "Dhoni is sending out a wrong message by keeping Harbhajan on the sidelines. He is making him feel unwanted in the team. A guy who is playing his 100th Test doesn’t deserve that sort of treatment."

Harbhajan was not used by Dhoni in the final session on the first day of the Test and was also not called on to bowl in the first hour of play on Day 2. Returning after a gap of 51 overs, Harbhajan got the wicket of Peter Siddle in the fifth over of his spell but was taken off again after just one more over.

"When Harbhajan returned after a long time for the Mumbai Test against England late last year, he was given the same treatment. A guy who is making a comeback has some nervous energy, some jitters and a captain should give him plenty of support and that’s how you get the best out of a player. Dhoni didn’t do that then," said Laxman.

"Harbhajan is the kind of bowler who thrives on confidence. He needs a couple of wickets to get his confidence back. He is that sort of bowler. Unfortunately he doesn’t have his captain on his side," Laxman added.

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