Mohali:The Indian team might be trying to put up a smokescreen by declaring Harbhajan Singh a doubtful starter for Friday's opening Test, says Australian skipper Ricky Ponting who claims to have seen the off-spinner practice at the nets the day he twisted his ankle.
"I don't think he is doubtful. The day he had his ankle twisted (September 27) he spent the evening bowling at centre wicket in Sector 16 (cricket stadium at Chandigarh). I think India might be trying to put a smoke screen. If he doesn't play they still have spinners like Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha to take his place," Ponting said at a pre-match press conference.