Harbhajan Singh: Gary Kirsten had set a rule of not to read newspaper

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Harbhajan Singh shared that the Indian team had a rule set by coach Gary Kirsten to avoid reading newspapers during the 2011 World Cup. Yuvraj Singh had previously disclosed advice from the great Sachin Tendulkar to avoid consuming any kind of news.


Harbhajan Singh, who was an integral part of the 2011 ODI World Cup winning camp, advised existing players to stay away from social media. After a bad day, the result not in favor of the team can make way for blunt criticism. So, refraining from consuming social media could add to peace of mind. Harbhajan Singh told India Today that,

“Those times (2011) were different. You could get away by not reading newspapers. Now, everything is there on social media. Gary Kirsten had set up a rule and asked us not to read newspapers. If you don’t perform well on a particular day, you will see what people will do on social media. I would advise players to stay away from social media. Don’t see your phones for the next two months”

Talking about R. Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh expressed that he would choose Ashwin as one of his picks of his five best bowlers. R. Ashwin replaced Axar Patel in the World Cup squad due to Axar getting injured during the Asia Cup. Harbhajan Singh told ESPNcricinfo that,

“People are realising that skill is more important. It’s not like an off-spinner shouldn’t bowl to right-handers. Even I mentioned that Ashwin should play if the opposition has more left-handers, but that is what the management thinks. But if I was captain of the team or part of management, I would pick my five best bowlers and Ashwin would be first or second on that list”

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