Post-defeat, selectors mull leggie option, Harbhajan place uncertain

Indian spin bowlers proving ineffective in the second test against England in Mumbai which the visitors won Monday by 10 wickets has prompted the selectors to look at giving skipper M S Dhoni the option of including a leg-spinner in the side.

The squad for the next two tests in Kolkata and Nagpur is to be picked Tuesday.

If a leg-spinner is to be included in the side to add variety then he will take the place of off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, one selector said. The options before the selectors to complement off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha are Haryana's Amit Mishra and Uttar Pradesh's Piyush Chawla. "However, Dhoni will have to take a call on the inclusion of the leg-spinner," the selector said.

Mishra took five wickets against Baroda during the on-going Ranji game in Rohtak but Chawla has struggled to attain form after a recurring thumb injury. Harbhajan took only two lower-order wickets in Mumbai, his first test in over a year.

Also, fast bowler Umesh Yadav, who missed the second test because of a back problem, is all but ruled out of the third test beginning December 5 in Kolkata.

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