New Delhi: Punjab captain Harbhajan Singh praised Yuvraj Singh on Saturday for his fine batting in the North Zone Vijay Hazare Trophy against Delhi, saying it was an innings that made all the difference.
Yuvraj, who did not play the previous match against Haryana, propelled Punjab to a six-wicket win at the Kotla. Punjab recovered from a bad start to reach the target — Delhi had scored 228 in 47 overs — largely due to an unbeaten 143-run fifth-wicket stand between Yuvraj (96 off 95 balls) and Gurkreet Singh Mann (53 off 64).
From 89/4, Punjab romped home with three overs to spare. Yuvraj hit 10 fours and two sixes.
“Yuvraj’s presence always helps,” said Harbhajan. “Today he changed the course of the match. The conditions were difficult for batting because it was overcast. The ball swung all day. But during the later part, the conditions eased out a bit. The ball was also coming on to the bat slowly.”
Asked whether he was impressed with any young off-spinner in the domestic circuit, Harbhajan said he had not seen any great talent so far. “I have not seen any youngster with great tweaking ability or exceptional talent,” said the member of the 2011 World Cup winning team.
“So far, I have not seen a new guy who can produce spin and bounce and has the capability to run through a side on a good batting wicket,” added the Punjab captain.
Harbhajan said a bowler makes all the difference with his stock delivery. “One needs to have the variations but it alone cannot do the trick,” he said.