One of the prime reasons for India's defeat was the ineffectiveness of both their spinners, Harbajan and Mishra. In recent times it has been noticeable that Harbajan has started bowl a lot more flatter and seems to bowl darts instead of flighting it and drawing the batsmen forward. His main weapon has always been bounce but if a spinner starts bowling too quick through the air the batsmen can easily play him as they don't have to worry about being deceived in the air.
Dhoni too has to use him more as an attacking bowler as I see him having a sweeper cover and a deepmidwicket sometimes even in his first spell. If a captain doesn't look to take wickets then it is better to have eleven batsmen and ask some of them to bowl part-time spin! It is not just a criticisim on Dhoni but in recent times most captains leaving Smith who IMHO has improved look to only contain rather than to take wickets . For instance I found Yousef's captaincy in Australia dreadful!
The next point would be why should Harbie all the time bowl around the wicket to the righthanders?A few may point to the fact that Swann had some success in SA by going around the wicket to the righthanders but unlike Harbie he is used to bowling around the wicket to the righthanders and does it well. Harbie also doesn't use the crease well. The one positive sign is that he is looking to go around the wicket to the lefthanders a lot more and I always believed that off spinners should look to bowl around the wicket to the lefthanders as they would be forced to play at more deliveries.
At present I would say that Swann, Sakib, Vettori and even Hauritz seem to be bowling better than Harbie. Let me make it clear that I am not trying to make fun of a bowler who has taken over 300 test wickets but at present he looks completely off colour.
As far as Harris is concerned I had an interesting argument on bbc 606 3 or so years ago as some of the posters reckoned that Harris is the worst spin bowler to have ever played the game but my argument was he does the job that is assigned to him by the captain. If Smith tells him to bowl on those rough patches outside the line of leg stump he would do it and even if Smith asks him to bowl around the wicket he would do a decent job. He knows his limitations and doesn't try anything fancy. Yes, he has a round arm action and bowls wide off the crease and that would mean he can rarely get any lbw's but the fact is he does the job that is assigned to him. After watching him against England I started to get a few doubts about whether I'm right in defending him but he has comeback strongly against India. He can also bat a bit.
To end it for India both their spinners have to do a lot better in the second test. South Africa don't have too many problems though they would like both Prince and Duminy to get some runs. I do expect India to come back strongly as at home one can never write off the Indian team.