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Bhajji backs Dhoni

Jalandhar: Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have drawn flak for India’s poor performance against England in the second Test at Mumbai, but Harbhajan Singh has come out in support of his captain, saying one should not judge him on the basis of just one bad performance.

The off-spinner, who was part of the playing XI which got thrashed at the Wankhede, said one should not forget Dhoni’s contribution in making India the world champions.

“Winning and losing is a part of the game and players and captain like Dhoni, should not be criticised for just losing a single game,” Harbhajan said.

“We should not forget that Dhoni is the same captain who won us the first World Cup after the 1983 triumph. He is one of the best-rated captains in the country. Because of losing just a single match, one should not raise questions about his ability,” the off-spinner added.

The 31-year-old also believes that the team will bounce back in the forthcoming Test at the Eden Gardens. “People should not forget that we have beaten England in their home... They should not criticise players and the captain like this. We will perform better at the Eden and will win there,” he said.

Asked about Sachin Tendulkar’s poor run with the bat, Harbhajan said: “Sachin’s contribution is priceless, not only to Indian cricket, but to the world cricket... If he fails in one or two matches, we should not criticise him.” (PTI)