Harbhajan named as standby for Ashwin

Kanpur: Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was on Sunday included in the Indian squad as a standby for regular tweaker Ravichandran Ashwin who is carrying a side strain.

Ashwin strained himself while bowling his fifth over during the first One day International against South Africa at the Green Park stadium. Virat Kohli finished the over by bowling the last two deliveries.

“R. Ashwin has sustained a left side strain type injury during the first One-day International against South Africa at Green Park, Kanpur. After making a detailed assessment of the injury, the BCCI medical team will confirm the time frame required for Ashwin to fully recovery from the injury,” said a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) release on Sunday.

“Harbhajan Singh has been included in the Indian squad, and will join the team before the second match of the series in Indore,” the release added.