While there have been a few detractors, Harris says he is extremely impressed with the 27-year-old left-arm spinner’s performance.
“I am really impressed with the way he operates. He has his limitations but what amazes me is the way he tries to excel in those limitations. He varies his pace and the ball that skids on can really catch the batsmen by surprise. His slower one can also deceive batsmen. In the end, he is giving results and that’s what matters for India,” Harris, who is playing for Gemini Arabians in the inaugural Masters Champions League (MCL) in Dubai, told TOI.
India’s triumph in the recent Twenty20 International series against Australia was largely due to the efforts of their batsmen. With India hosting the ICC World Twenty20 next month, the form of their batsmen will be crucial. Harris, though, feels it will be the bowlers who will give India the edge over others. “Spin holds the key and India have the best spinners at the moment. Ravichandran Ashwin is the No. 1 spinner in the world now and knows the conditions like the back of his hand. So is Jadeja.
“Not only his bowling, his fielding will also help India’s cause. He can also score valuable runs while coming at No. 7 or 8. Jadeja is India’s most lethal weapon and has a great influence on the side,” said Harris.
Harris feels while India will bank on spinners, South Africa will need their pacers to fire upfront.
“See, except Imran Tahir, we don’t have quality spinners. So we will need our pacers, especially Dale Steyn, to fire. It is unfortunate that Steyn has picked up an injury now. Hopefully, he will be ready in time for the tournament. Otherwise, Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott need to step up. We have won the T20 and ODI series against India in India last year and it should hold us in good stead,” Harris concluded.
By Swagata Das in indiaopines blog
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