Legendary India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels that it is the right time to blood in Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rinku Singh to get them involved with the national team, and maybe keep them in the Indian dressing room, if not playing them in the XI right away.
Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rinku Singh, both left-handers, have been two of the IPL 2023's top uncapped players. With a hundred and the IPL's quickest fifty, Jaiswal has excelled at the top of the order for the Rajasthan Royals.
Rinku Singh has been incredibly reliable as a finisher for the Kolkata Knight Riders, having finished three games for the team, including the improbable run-chase against the Gujarat Titans.
Harbhajan asked the BCCI to keep the two batters in the pool of 20-25 players as they have shown that they belong at this level and will only learn from here being with the national coaches and senior players on a regular basis.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Harbhajan said, "I certainly believe that when somebody is playing well or doing well, they should be part of the system. I am not saying that include them in the Playing XI straightway but bring them into the fold knowing that if these guys are there (around the players), they will certainly learn something and get better.”
"For talents like Yashasvi and Rinku, the perception might be it's too early but truth be told, it's not. They are already playing at this level and playing well at that. Give them a chance right now otherwise it might be late," he further added.
Harbhajan Singh also talked about Arjun Tendulkar, who has played just four games for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2023. Harbhajan said that he needs to do a lot of work regarding his bowling and development as a player.
"In the end, only when you participate in a race and lag behind is when you realise that you need to work more on yourself. He still needs to get better at his skills. Of course, everyone takes time. Even a player with 50 matches is not guaranteed to become a solid player. With every game he will learn a lot. Of course, it's good to see him on the ground bowling the way he bowled. We all saw that one expensive 31-run over – even the big players have gotten smashed for runs – but the good thing is that he will learn," he added.
It remains to be seen whether Arjun gets to play any further part in IPL 2023 for MI or not as they look to confirm their spot in the playoffs.
(Hindustan Times inputs)