Keep age apart, deliver on one of the best in India for a talent check with me: Harbhajan at 40


New Delhi, July 17

He entered the Indian dressing room as a gangly teenager and even after 22 years, 40-year-old Harbhajan Singh backs himself to return out on prime in a one-on-one “skill” battle with one of the best spinners within the nation.

“If you still want to test me by pitting me for a battle of skills against those youngsters you consider best in the business, please bring it on,” Harbhajan, who has a profession T20 financial system price of underneath 7 with 235 wickets, advised PTI in an interplay.

Age at one degree is over-rated, feels the veteran of 103 Tests and 236 ODIs.

“You can discuss age if the ball whereas fielding goes between your legs or your knees are gone or you’ve achieved in shoulder which is the rationale you may’t give that drive,” he stated.

“But yes, I have been on the field wearing those India colours for at least 800 days (playing time). I have been an achiever who doesn’t need anyone’s sympathy. But yes, if it’s about skills, bring the best in India and I am still ready,” he added.

But can he be at his finest from IPL to IPL with out taking part in home cricket?

“If someone feels he wants game time, good for him. If I bowl 2000 balls at the nets for a month, the amount of top level cricket I have played, it’s good enough,” stated Harbhajan, who turned 40 earlier this month.

Tell him that a few of the boys who will play IPL this season like Ravi Bishnoi and Kartik Tyagi have been born after he had made his Test debut, he begins laughing.

“It seems that you are trying to make me realise that I am too old but on a serious note, if you see, I started when Mohammed Azharuddin was the India captain. It has been a brilliant journey, full of ups and down and I am grateful to God that I could live my dream for over two decades,” he stated.

“You always feel that you can achieve more but you should always be grateful for the opportunities you got to achieve what you wanted to – that is win matches for your country,” stated the ‘Turbanator’, who feels that the Covid-19 induced lockdown has helped him get fitter like by no means earlier than.

“What I couldn’t achieve for India? Well I would say, shayad woh mere muqaddar mein thaa hi nahi par woh ek doosra nazariya hoga (it was probably not in my destiny but that’s a different perspective).”

Looking again at his 22-year-old journey, Harbhajan stated he handled day by day like an examination. “Every day was like an examination. A variety of papers went effectively and I obtained good marks and some I did not do effectively as a lot as I might have appreciated.”

“It was like a great leveller. When you played actively for India, you could never celebrate a good performance for days as there was another challenge right down the corner,” stated the person with 711 worldwide wickets throughout codecs.

At occasions, he does miss the strain of taking part in for India.

“It’s humorous you understand. When I used to play, there can be days after I would not like that insane strain the place you’re feted sooner or later and introduced right down to earth on one other day after one unhealthy match. I did not prefer it again then however now when I’m not taking part in cricket recurrently, I miss that strain.”

“Everyone will tell you that they love challenges but when in the middle of an everyday grind, you start questioning yourself that why do I need to go through. But yes, sometimes, when I look back, there were a lot of days, I enjoyed that pressure that I have to win a match for India,” he stated.

Will the 2020 version be your final IPL?

“I can’t say whether this will be my last IPL. It depends on my body. After four months of workout, rest, yoga sessions, I feel reinvigorated just like 2013, when I had 24 wickets in that IPL edition,” stated the person, who has 150 scalps from 160 IPL video games in 12 seasons. PTI



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