Veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has backed KL Rahul to bat at the important number four position in the upcoming World Cup which will be played in England & Wales. Harbhajan who had represented the Chennai Super Kings in the recently concluded IPL where they reached the finals has played for India in three World Cups where the 'Men In Blue' reached two finals. Bhajji was a key member of the victorious squad in 2011. He also played a key role in the 2003 edition where India finished as runners-up under Sourav Ganguly's captaincy.
While the Indian team management has shown faith in Vijay Shankar to bat at the number four position, Bhajji has shown confidence on Rahul by believing that he will be the better person to bat in such a crucial position. At the same time, the winner of two World titles (2007 World T20 & 2011 World Cup) has also added that all-rounder Kedar Jadhav's injury will also cause a bit concern with regards to the number sixth position and that India will need to find a back-up option in case if Jadhav does not recover before India's opening clash against South Africa on June 5.
“I don’t see anyone except for KL Rahul fitting into that No. 4 slot. So that’s a bit of a worry and also No 6 slot where Kedar Jadhav will play. I hope that Jadhav gets fully fit before the South Africa game (June 5) as it is a very important slot,” Harbhajan was quoted as saying by PTI
Meanwhile, the offie also showered praises on India's premier fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and said that the youngster will play a huge role in the United Kingdom. Both Bhajji and Bumrah were each other's opponents in the IPL final. Bumrah had bowled an outstanding spell of 2/14 in his four overs at an economy rate of 3.50 which helped Mumbai Indians win their record fourth IPL title.
“Sachin Tendulkar called him world’s best fast bowler at the moment. Indeed he is, for the impact he has created. If you take Bumrah out of that India line-up, it’s like you rip a heart out of the body. He is that precious. He is your Virat Kohli of Indian bowling,” said Harbhajan.