Port Elizabeth:The last we heard from Harbhajan Singh, he was still complaining about the quality of pitches in India. That was during the Cape Town Test, where he took seven wickets en route to becoming the second-highest wicket-taker in the series, and the highest from India. And during the South Africa tour, he has shown he had reason to complain too. Here he has found bounce in the tracks, which the Indian pitches haven't given him of late. Accordingly, he has controlled things well in four of the six international matches so far on the tour.
He has drawn respect from the batsmen, particularly during the ODI series. The South Africans have put themselves under immense pressure because they just can't score freely off him. The Johannesburg choke began during an eight-over Harbhajan spell when the batsmen became uneasy. Even though the chase wasn't huge, the pressure was. At least from the way South Africa reacted, it seemed thus. JP Duminy saw a part-timer, immediately went for the release, and played a bad shot. The same happened in the third ODI in Cape Town when South Africa got stuck in the middle overs, and AB de Villiers holed out in Yusuf Pathan's first over. In that sense, Harbhajan has performed a far bigger role than just four wickets in three ODIs suggest.