Former Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Mohammad believes that Amit Mishra should replace Harbhajan Singh in the Indian starting line-up.
Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh were ruled out for the rest of the four-Test series in England through abdominal and hand injuries respectively. "You have got to give Mishra a chance now. He is fresh and hungry to do well. The leggie will be good against the English fellas rather than the offie," said Mushtaq, who spoke to MiD DAY before the news of Harbhajan's absence was made official.
Mushtaq watched the Lord's Test with his younger brother Sadiq and followed the Nottingham Test on television.
"India's bowlers look tired. They have played too much cricket... unimportant cricket with the Indian Premier League and all that. The human body can take only so much. I can understand that the boys are playing IPL because of the money, but then, if you want to play for your country, you have to be 100 per cent fit.
"The Indian cricketers looked tired - physically and mentally," said the 67-year-old former all-rounder, who played for Northamptonshire, the team Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Co have to tackle in a two-day fixture from Friday.