Harbhajan’s disappearance from the field for about a year made people think that he will be announcing his retirement soon. But in a recent interview, Harbhajan revealed that he has no plans to retire in the near future.
Veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh shared that his newborn baby girl kept him away from cricket and he was busy doing his duties as a father.
Now, when his daughter has grown up a little, Bhajji is all set to hit the field again and want his daughter to see him play international cricket.
Bhajji was last seen donning India colors during the 2016 Asia Cup in Bangladesh and is now confident of playing for Team India very soon.
I am working hard on my game and looking forward to making a comeback in the one-day squad. I can deliver at the highest level against the best in the business. I am as good as anybody playing international cricket. I need to back myself and get there.
Harbhajan has finally made a comeback to the competitive cricket and is successfully proving himself on the field. He has been one of the more effective bowlers in this season of the IPL so far. He’s played 7 matches and has bagged 4 wickets at a stunning economy rate of 5.88. While sharing his secret to IPL success, Bhajji said,
I am keeping things simple, reading the batsmen and bowling according to the situation, instead of worrying about what shots the batsman will play.
He further added,
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In this format, spinners often think they will get away with faster balls. That perception is wrong because faster balls are easier to put away. Spinners have a big role in this competition, but only if they are looking to spin the ball and willing to take chances by bowling slower through the air. They have to keep the batsman guessing about where the ball will land and that can happen only if you are trying to deceive the batsman in the air. It will happen for only two or three balls in an over. But it has worked for me over the years.
The Turbanator has missed a season of domestic cricket but his economical spells and accuracy with the ball make him look like a pro. He admitted that getting back to cricket was hard and he had to convince himself a lot of it.
It is not easy for someone who has played at this (highest) level for 10 to 15 years to make a comeback by proving yourself at the domestic level. It is a bit hard to motivate yourself but that is the only way.
You can take it as a challenge or you can think you don’t need to prove yourself to anyone. But to play with the same intensity at the domestic level is a bit difficult because the buzz is not there even though there is competition. However, that’s the only way you can make a comeback and you have to get up and do things all over again. I love playing cricket and people who love doing something will do anything for what they love.
Harbhajan wants to represent India for the upcoming Champions Trophy in the UK. Keeping high hopes with himself, Bhajji indicated that retirement is nowhere in his card at this point.
I have done what I could have done. I hope people are watching. Whether I am there or not, I want India to do well. If not this time, I will get there later.