Harbhajan Singh has backed young Indian batter Shreyas Iyer to replace vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane in the middle-order for the tour of South Africa.
Iyer made his Test debut in Kanpur where he twice bailed out Team India from a tricky situation scoring 105 and 65 to become the first from India to notch up a century and a half-century in his first Test match.
Rahane, on the other hand, has been a failure. He was ruled out of the ongoing second Test between India and New Zealand in Mumbai due to a minor left hamstring strain.
Harbhajan feels Iyer is ready to take Rahane’s place in the team.
“Shreyas Iyer batted brilliantly in the last game and showed his talent. And I am so happy that he made the most of the opportunity in the middle order. Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane is not scoring runs. Going forward, Iyer could be India’s perfect solution. Don’t know if Rahane will be a part of the India squad for the South Africa series but Iyer, I feel, has made his case as a middle-order option. It will be interesting when the selection happens,” he said speaking on his YouTube channel.