Logic would say that if you go by the squad selection for the first three matches of the one-day series against West Indies, announced on Friday by the national selectors, the case of Harbhajan Singh being picked for the Test leg of the Australia series can be easily cast aside. Then again, selection is based on more than just logic.
Harbhajan, who fell out of favour in the two homes series in the last two months, England first and now West Indies, had a chance to find form by leading Punjab in the Ranji Trophy. However, just two wickets in three matches, at an astronomical average of 102, does not befit India's current highest wicket-taker who has been struggling with form from the England tour.
In England, Harbhajan played in the first two Tests of the four-Test series which England emphatically won 4-0. Harbhajan had accounted for just two wickets, albeit in non-spinner friendly conditions where even Graeme Swann found it hard to strike consistently. Certain critics openly voiced a concern about why the selectors were ignoring, thereby delaying the entry of R Ashwin into the longer form, especially after he had shown the character and the boldness with the ball to attack the batsmen in the shorter forms.