Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh

Indian former spinner Harbhajan Singh predicts that Rohit Sharma-led India could beat New Zealand 2-1 in the three-match T20I series starting Wednesday.

Harbhajan Singh Praises Team India

The last time India and New Zealand played a bilateral T20Is series, the Men in Blue inflicted a clean sweep on the BlackCaps in early 2020, but this time around, it will prove to be a stiffer challenge.

The last time India and New Zealand played a bilateral T20Is series, the Men in Blue inflicted a clean sweep on the BlackCaps in early 2020, but this time around, it will prove to be a stiffer challenge.

“I wish Team India all the best and I hope they win. India winning the series 2-1 is what I am predicting,” Harbhajan said on Star Sports.

Virat Kohli comforts Ishan Kishan after his maiden 50 in International match
Virat Kohli comforts Ishan Kishan after his maiden 50 in International match

New Zealand will be without Kane Williamson for the T20I series, while India are being led by Rohit Sharma who will embark upon his maiden stint as India’s full-time captain after his appointment earlier this month. Having said that, the Indian team is filled with promising players, two of which Harbhajan has his eyes on in particular.

“I want to see some of the new players in a different role. Like Ishan Kishan, I want to see him play regularly. He has a lot of potential. He will be a key player for the next T20 World Cup. He will have the responsibility of batting at No. 3 so I feel he should be given as many chances as possible,” Harbhajan said on Star Sports.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav

Besides Ishan, Harbhajan backed Suryakumar Yadav and praised his game. Although Suryakumar has been struggling for runs and game-time, a lot would be expected of the 31-year-old as India looks to erase the scars of the T20 World Cup and start fresh in their near year-long journey towards the T20 World Cup in Australia starting next October.

“Apart from him, Suryakumar Yadav is a player who can fit in any format. A player like him can bat at any position. I would want that role to be given to him because he is a player who can win you tournaments, not only matches. He has that 360-degree game. He is one of those guys I am really looking forward to performing,” said Harbhajan.