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Veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has lavished praise on Axar Patel after his commendable performance with the ball in the ongoing four-match series against England. Axar, playing just his second Test, registered 11 wickets to his name in the pink-ball match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

The 27-year-old picked up six wickets in the first innings of the third Test before taking a five-wicket haul in the second one. Axar along with senior bowler, Ravichandran Ashwin, bamboozled England batsmen as the hosts finished the match within two days.

With the help of Ashwin and Axar, the Indian team defeated Joe Root-led side by 10 wickets.

Before the start of the fourth and final Test in Ahmedabad, Harbhajan pointed out that it is the bowler who should be credited for turning the ball even if the pitch is spin-friendly.

According to the 40-year-old, Axar himself wasn’t aware whether the ball would spin or not on the Ahmedabad pitch, so one can imagine the plight of the batsmen.

Speaking on the Star Sports’ Cricket Connected show, Bhajji said, “The most difficult balls were the ones where the batsman had to face with the bat. I believe Axar was the best bowler in this game because the batsman had to play every ball and he himself didn’t know whether the ball would spin or not.”

“If the wicket has spin then the bowler needs to judge how much spin is required, and if you’re missing the stumps constantly then it’s the bowler’s fault,”  Harbhajan further added.

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