Harbhajan hopes to perform well in IPL for India comeback
Out-of-favour off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said that he is ready to return for India in the shortest format of the game considering that he has been able to deliver the much-needed amends in the Indian Premier League. The veteran off-spinner is the joint third-highest wicket-taker in the Indian Premier League with 150 scalps to his name.
Nonetheless, he was last featured for India in the year 2016 when he played a solitary game in Asia Cup which was played in the T20 format.
“I’m ready. If I can bowl well in IPL, which is a very difficult tournament for bowlers because the grounds are smaller, and all the top players in world cricket play in the IPL. It is very challenging to bowl against them and if you can do well against them in IPL, you can do well in international cricket. I have bowled predominantly in the powerplay and middle overs and got wickets,” Harbhajan Singh told ESPNcricinfo in an interview.
The 39-year-old off-spinner added that he was actually hurt that despite his success in the lucrative Indian Premier League, he was overshadowed by the national selectors.
“They will not look at me because they feel I am too old,” he said. “Also I don’t play any domestic cricket. (In the) last four-five years they did not look at me even though I was doing well in the IPL, taking wickets and I had all my records to back my case.”
As oer Harbhajan, IPL is the toughest ever T20 tourney and given that he has been able to perform well in the league, he felt he could make a stellar return to the Indian cricket team.
“In international cricket not all teams have quality players like IPL teams, where every team has a top-six which is good,” he said. “Yes, Australia, England, India have all got very good batting line-ups. But if I can get Johnny Bairstow and David Warner in IPL, don’t you think I can get them in international cricket? But it is not in my hands. No one comes and talk to you in this present Indian set-up,” he added in a statement.
The veteran off-spinner has featured in 103 Tests, 236 ODIs and 28 T20Is for India in which he took 417, 269 and 25 wickets respectively.