Harbhajan's Ponting blast

Indian spinner pours more criticism on Australia skipper

Last Updated: 13/11/08 10:09am

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Harbhajan: Ponting blast

Harbhajan: Ponting blast

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Harbhajan Singh has hit out Ricky Ponting's captaincy after Australia's defeat in India, saying he is now being found out after losing his big names to retirement.

"Ponting had a lot to say about our players and about the way we play our cricket. In fact, it is Ponting who first needs to go and learn to bat against spin bowling."
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Ponting has come under criticism for his decision making during his side's 2-0 defeat in India - their first Test series loss since the 2005 Ashes.

Harbhajan has now added to the pressure on Ponting by blasting the Tasmanian for his lack of captaincy skills, claiming he has never been a great leader.

The Indian spinner claims that Ponting built his captaincy reputation only because the likes of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist were producing such fine performances to win matches.

Great players

"Ponting was winning matches because he had great players like (Adam) Gilchrist, (Shane) Warne and (Glenn) McGrath," Harbhajan told DNA.

"They won him matches and he took the credit. Now that they are gone, we can see that he is not an inspirational leader.

"He made mistakes in the Border-Gavaskar series. He is a very average captain. And he is a very average player too, especially here in India."

To add to his attack, Harbhajan also hit out at Ponting's batting, saying that he needs to learn how to play spin better before he can be called a great batsman.

Ponting made a century in the first Test in Bangalore and went on to make 277 runs from seven innings at an average of 38, a return that Harbhajan says is not good enough.

"Ponting had a lot to say about our players and about the way we play our cricket," added Harbhajan

"In fact, it is Ponting who first needs to go and learn to bat against spin bowling.

"He got a hundred in the first Test match in Bangalore but I don't think that is enough, he needs to come back and score some more before he can claim to be a complete batsman."

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