Veteran Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh made a cheeky comment on the West Indies cricket team, currently on the tour to India for two Tests, five ODIs and three T20 internationals. After a disappointing Test series loss in England, the Indian team bounced back in style against a lowly-ranked Windies side in the first Test in Rajkot.
The hosts have put themselves in the driver’s seat in the series opener through a good all-round display. On the other side, the tourists have failed to put up any fight so far in the match and were reeling at 94/6 in their first innings at stumps on the second day in response to a mammoth 649/9.
Roston Chase (27) and Keemo Paul (13) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day, with the visitors trailing the hosts by 555 runs. The second day saw India dominating all the three sessions, making the West Indies’ players struggling throughout.
Reviewing Windies below-par performance against the world number one ranked Indian team, Harbhajan took to social media question the visiting team’s quality and said that Windies will feel the heat in India’s premier domestic competition — Ranji Trophy.
“With all due respect to West Indies Cricket but I have a question for u all…will this west Indies team qualify for Ranji quarters from the plate group? Elite se to nahin hoga (they don’t stand a chance in the elite group),” Bhajji tweeted.
However, Harbhajan’s comment didn’t go down very well with the cricket fans as they slammed the Indian cricketer for being disrespectful towards the inexperienced Windies.
Fans reckoned that a person of Harbhajan’s stature, who has played a mammoth 103 Tests and taken 417 wickets, could’ve avoided stooping so low.
Earlier on day 2, skipper Virat Kohli declared the Indian innings on a mammoth score of 649/9. Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja slammed centuries as the Indian batsmen put the Windies bowling attack to the sword.