India news September 6, 2012

'Can't live in past glory' - Harbhajan

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Harbhajan Singh, who is back in the India Twenty20 squad for the upcoming New Zealand series and the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka after spending more than a year out of the team, has said that he is looking to make a fresh start and is not depending on his past laurels.

"It's always tough when you are out," Harbhajan told PTI. "Making a comeback is tougher than earning your maiden international call. It involves a lot of things. When you're out, you get injured and then again out. It's always been challenging.

"You cannot live in the past glory. For anyone, it does not depend what you've done in the past but what you do in the present and future."

Harbhajan's last international appearance was in the Trent Bridge Test during India's tour of England in August 2011. A spate of injuries and a dip in form thereafter left him out of reckoning from the national squad. After below par returns during the IPL, Harbhajan set out for a stint playing county cricket for Essex, which helped him get his confidence back. After the news of his selection, he starred in a pro-40 match for Essex with a five-wicket haul.

"I won't say it was frustrating but at times it's difficult not being part of the side for so long. But you're used to the set up. Not only me, it can happen to anyone. You are always going to have ups and downs. But when you get the opportunity, you have to stand up and take it in your stride."

Harbhajan said that the upcoming Twenty20s are going to herald a new chapter in his career. "I had the willpower and the desire to wear the India jersey again - it's the biggest thing for me. It makes me proud," he said. "It's not that I was dropped for the first time last year. But it has been for the longest period of time. It makes you feel as if you are doing it for the first time."

"I was ready to work hard and take challenge. You get your family and friends' support, but at the end of the day you're all alone fighting it out there in the middle. With Almighty's help, I'm here again and now I'm looking forward towards doing well."

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  • on September 8, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Bhajji got wickets against SAf in SAf, against NZ in NZ and against WI in WI. So far Ashwin & Ojha are failures outside India.

  • on September 8, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    I never see that Bhajji in out of form. He bowled well in the tough condition. All players will have ups and down. Don't compare only with the wicket column. Look on in which situation he's bowling .. Compare the economy rate with others.He's comes good than all..

    Come on Bhajjiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  • on September 8, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Indian selectors are always known for bringing in one name in 15 from nowhere. This time it is Bhajji. In the second test Pathan was the obvious choice instead of Raina. Raina is a good ODI & T20 player not test matches. Selectors should know that much.

  • on September 8, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    It is strange. When Ashwin was trying to garner a place in playing XI, the argument had been ' Already Harbhajan is there?. How we can have two off-spinners in XI?'. Now, when Harbhajan is trying to enter as second spinner, all great commentators and supporters of Harbhajan are arguing that he can be in XI along with Ashwin. Stranger the ways of argument. Selectors did a serious mistake in bringing Harbhajan in 15. It will add tension in the dressing room and making life difficult for captain and team management. More so, when Harbhajan did nothing to merit a place in 15, forget the playing XI.

  • kaidranzer on September 8, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    I think if Harbhajan Singh bowls like he used to bowl with Kumble under the captaincy of Ganguly, he will definitely be the best spinner in the world. Barring Ajmal no one comes close. Ashwin is overrated which will be proven when England and Australia tour India later.

  • on September 8, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    to g.narsimha - anil kumble 2006 - 7 6 3 5 4 5 7 starting st. johns to capetown took consecutive wickets so lease don include this legend with others...

  • Aniknagraj on September 7, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Well come back match winner, All the very best.

  • on September 7, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Harbhajan..sorry man ur time was already over..Too much nonsense..It is just this pointless selectors gave u undeserved place in the team..goodbye alvida cyanara

  • on September 7, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    I never rated Harb singh and always felt he was a very defensive innocuous bowler and hugely over rated. I would fancy my chances against him. I'd enjoy scoring runs against him. I'd knock him out of the park!!! He is little better than a club standard bowler. In fact he's a better batsman than he is bowler so i expect him to bat fairly well in the twenty twenty matches.

  • g.narsimha on September 7, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    jonathan josephs - than can u tell which past & present day spiiner from our region did wonders out side ASIA , baring isolated cperformances no sopinner dominated out side prove me wrong with stats .

  • on September 8, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Bhajji got wickets against SAf in SAf, against NZ in NZ and against WI in WI. So far Ashwin & Ojha are failures outside India.

  • on September 8, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    I never see that Bhajji in out of form. He bowled well in the tough condition. All players will have ups and down. Don't compare only with the wicket column. Look on in which situation he's bowling .. Compare the economy rate with others.He's comes good than all..

    Come on Bhajjiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  • on September 8, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Indian selectors are always known for bringing in one name in 15 from nowhere. This time it is Bhajji. In the second test Pathan was the obvious choice instead of Raina. Raina is a good ODI & T20 player not test matches. Selectors should know that much.

  • on September 8, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    It is strange. When Ashwin was trying to garner a place in playing XI, the argument had been ' Already Harbhajan is there?. How we can have two off-spinners in XI?'. Now, when Harbhajan is trying to enter as second spinner, all great commentators and supporters of Harbhajan are arguing that he can be in XI along with Ashwin. Stranger the ways of argument. Selectors did a serious mistake in bringing Harbhajan in 15. It will add tension in the dressing room and making life difficult for captain and team management. More so, when Harbhajan did nothing to merit a place in 15, forget the playing XI.

  • kaidranzer on September 8, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    I think if Harbhajan Singh bowls like he used to bowl with Kumble under the captaincy of Ganguly, he will definitely be the best spinner in the world. Barring Ajmal no one comes close. Ashwin is overrated which will be proven when England and Australia tour India later.

  • on September 8, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    to g.narsimha - anil kumble 2006 - 7 6 3 5 4 5 7 starting st. johns to capetown took consecutive wickets so lease don include this legend with others...

  • Aniknagraj on September 7, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Well come back match winner, All the very best.

  • on September 7, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Harbhajan..sorry man ur time was already over..Too much nonsense..It is just this pointless selectors gave u undeserved place in the team..goodbye alvida cyanara

  • on September 7, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    I never rated Harb singh and always felt he was a very defensive innocuous bowler and hugely over rated. I would fancy my chances against him. I'd enjoy scoring runs against him. I'd knock him out of the park!!! He is little better than a club standard bowler. In fact he's a better batsman than he is bowler so i expect him to bat fairly well in the twenty twenty matches.

  • g.narsimha on September 7, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    jonathan josephs - than can u tell which past & present day spiiner from our region did wonders out side ASIA , baring isolated cperformances no sopinner dominated out side prove me wrong with stats .

  • AMRules on September 7, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    @Musa441, know the statistics before telling something. I too respect bhajji but it doesn't we have to remove inform ashwin/ojha. Bhajji did good job recently in counties for 2 matches but it's not enough. Always escapes with the reasons playing for the country. Says YES for Mumbai indians. Bhajji think t'wise'.

  • AMRules on September 7, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Well, Bhajji is just an actor, I am not saying he didn't do good for india. He got respect becz of Kumble. Mr. Bhajji don't be like sachin. You can retire respectfully before anyone forced to remove from Indian squad. Good luck.

  • Pandyan on September 7, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    How can Harbhajan be part of the current playing 11 in our Indian team, he certainly has no role in the team and there is no vacant position in the team we already have Irfan Pathan and Ashwin as # 7 & 8 in the team then who will he replace in the team if he replaces Ashwin then its curtains for India from the T20 World cup and the person to blame are the selectors and Dhoni for choosing him even in the 15.

  • elevenrookystars on September 7, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    mr. naveen 3/81 u telling as its not 3/81 its 30/81 where is your loving ashwin when on turning track in sydney he fizzel out narinder hirwani also took wickets against w.i. and newzealand not need to tell anything else.

  • MunafAhmed811 on September 7, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    If it was not for T20 Wcup , I would have opposed the bhajji Selection. But in T20 his darters and occasional spinning delivery may be asset especially in SL. Another reason is he is experienced and mentally tough cookie and he can hoick a few sixes too. His prescence in team will allow Ashwin and Pathan both to be accommodated. My team for T20s Gambhir,Sehwag,Kohli,Raina,Yuvi,Dhoni,Irfan,Bhajji,Balaji,Ashwin,Dinda. Sharing the 20 overs between Veeru,UV,Raina,VK + regular bowlers (Bhaji,Pathan,Dinda,Balaji,Ashwin) should be good policy. Thats like 25-30 overs of bowling stock and even if someone has a bad day there is good coverup bowlers. Besides Bhaji and Pathan would make good allrounders since they can bat well enuf for T20.But pls pls pls no Bhaji for tests and ODI's ever. Zak, Rohit, Chawla, Tiwary are obvious reserves incase someone gets injured depending on wether its bowler or batter.

  • on September 7, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    I remember this man destroying the NZ hopes in India a couple years back... Seems fitting he gets a chance now. Show us your spin brother, show us your skill...Show us the true Harbhajan

  • AMAZINGFAN on September 7, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    @ Ravikumar Chillara,tendulkar is not losing any support,people who r bashing him r his huge fans and they want sachin to score century every time.i don't know why every people is bashing sachin.even in his poor form his average is still better than sehwag,gambhir,raina.if u want tendulkar to retire then batsmen like sehwag,gambhir and raina shud be dropped as well.as for as bhajji he doesn't deserve to be in this squad.ashwin is india's main spinner.

  • on September 7, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Unfortunately he is not Sachin. He should prepareto retire.

  • Thyagu5432 on September 7, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    I am not sure why suddenly Bajji is all over the media. I guess his PR man is working overtime. Even if Ashwin fails (for a few tests continuously), it is not obvious that Bajji will get back into the team. After all, Bajji is no Muthiah Muralidharan that everybody is just waiting for him to return. He was pathetic during the last Ranji season, he didn't have any confidence to bowl during the last IPL. I am sure a U19 spinner will have a good chance competing against Bajji to get into the team.

  • on September 7, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Indeed, we should live in the present and future. The past is for retirement to tell that how you have been successful -but, past is also useful to coach for younger generation. Good luck, Haribajan...

  • WishW on September 7, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    I'm sure the whole world will be happy that Harbhajan is back...easy runs...!!!!

  • sweetspot on September 7, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Past glory or not, Bhajji is a proven combatant, just not coming good in the last few seasons. While we should have respect for what he has done with both ball and bat, it is hard to see him replacing Ashwin at the moment. Also Ashwin has a very mature head on his young shoulders and can be expected to improve at every opportunity. More than anything, Ashwin is less of a headache for Dhoni, as there are some similarities in temperament. Bhajji should be a regular in the Mumbai Indians squad, so we will get to see plenty of him anyway.

  • dariuscorny on September 7, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    @Ravikumar Chillara why are you bringing Tendulkar into this,when Tendulkar has nothing to do with Team India t20 side.Tendulkar is good enough player to bounce back and for that matter he is wise as well,he better knows more than anyone else when to retire,so please dont pull out your dagger after Tendulkar's failure.....please post about t20,yuvi's comeback,bhajji,virat etc....

  • SanjivAwesome on September 7, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Bhaji should not be playing for India. He is a non spinning spinner. That is a specialist role best suited for the green slippery slobbery pitches of England. I remain disappointed by India selectors.

  • on September 7, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    @musa441...Harbhajan's best figures ever in Australia were 3-101. It took Ashwin one innings to better that(3-81), and he wasn't even at his best.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-india-2011/engine/match/518950.html?innings=1;page=3;view=commentary

  • gummadv on September 7, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Bujji is bowling economy is good. In SL he will be useful for team India to have. Great players are not made in factory one need to manage them well.

  • thalalara on September 7, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Why cant you retire and set an example to Sachin, let the Gen-Next play the game, there are lots of domestic talents who can easily replace you, no dearth for spin bowling in India, no big deal to be a successful spinner in domestic tour. The challenge arises when you play outside Asia ( look into your own records ) either way its a known story whoever your replacements are.....

  • n.rakesh on September 7, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Everyone seems to be in a dreamland on the away record of Harbhajan vs Ashwin. Outside the sub-continent, Ashwin has played tests only in Australia. Here are the stats: Ashwin: Matches: 3; Wickets: 9; BBI: 3/81; BBM: 5/267; Average: 62.77; Economy: 3.36. Now, the 'aggressive' Harbhajan's figures: Matches: 4; Wickets: 9; BBI: 3/101; BBM: 4/200; Average: 73.22; Economy: 3.48. Now, will anyone tell me how is Harbhajan better than Ashwin in away tests?

  • ramli on September 7, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    musa441 ... when did bhajji take cartload of wickets abroad? Recently? He is also very average abroad. Bhajji has not done anything extraordinary to disturb a winning combination of Ashwin and Ohja. Bhajji has been included inT20 team for namesake, will never get a chance in playing XI unless Ashwin gets injured and will safely be discarded after T20 WC ... good bye

  • on September 7, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    1ST MATCH SEHWAG,GAMBBIR,KOHLI,RAINA,YUVRAJ,DHONI,IRFAN,ASHWIN,HARBAJHAH,DINDA,BALAJI. 2ND MATCH:ROHIT,DHONI,KOHLI,RAINA,YUVRAJ,TIWARY,IRFAN,ASHWIN,HARBAJHAN,DINDA,BALAJI.

  • on September 7, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    tendulkar is fast losing his fans and those who are behind in support are just waiting for his exit.

    This is not that a class player like he deserves. he served enough and he should call himself off rather than disgracing himself in forums like this.

    No doubt he is one and only one cricket player with hundred hundreds. doing so?

    with some more hard work he can hang on with a hundred here and there. But what he needs to think is: is it worth

    I hope he lets us drop a tear of love when he takes this decision at this right time rather than allowing some more of his fans turn against.

  • Chennai_Voice on September 7, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Poor Bhajji who flew all the way from England to carry drinks!

  • on September 7, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    india t-20: 1ST MATCH SEHWAG,GAMBBIR,KOHLI,RAINA,YUVRAJ,DHONI,IRFAN,ASHWIN,HARBAJHAH,DINDA,BALAJI.

    2ND MATCH:ROHIT,GAMBBIR,KOHLI,TIWARY,YUVRAJ,DHONI,IRFAN,CHAWLA,HARBAJHAN,DINDA,BALAJI.

  • on September 7, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    The problem with Bhajji is, too faster in delivering the balls He has to be slower and with more flights and should not be too defensive and not afraid of giving runs. Flight the ball and tempt the batsman to come forward and go for shot and he can deceive the batsman either in flight or by turn. Good luck Bhajji

  • Romenevans on September 7, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    @MyMeeru - Bhajji's fight for Country? What happened to him when he was getting thrashed in England ...what he did? He came back in India by some stomach problem issue...and after couple of weeks he was ready and raring to play in some CLT20 tournament? What happened to his fight for the country then?

  • saurabhbhuwania on September 7, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Bhajji's comeback was more of a dogma called "we will bring you back after 1 year" instead of "perform and book a place". He has not done enough in first class matches or IPL to make a comeback. Moreover, Ojha and Ashwin are doing a great job. For T 20, you have Rainas and Kohlis to bowl on SriLankan pitches. The comeback is not justified and as for Harbhajan, he has been more interested in saying big things rather than doing them since Kumble's retirement.

  • venky91 on September 7, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    If we want youngsters in the batting line up. Then why not in the bowling department. Why Harbhajan again?????

  • musa441 on September 7, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    harbajjan is world class whereas ashwin is just class. untill and unless ashwin takes wickets abroad he never will be recognized as the one of the best spinners!! only taking wickets in india doesnt mean u can take wickets abroad!! ashwin is average but harbajjan is someone who can rise upto the occasion in the wc t20. ashwin willget a lot of beating in srilanka as the srilankan pitches according to sangakara have changed from sinning dust bowls to pace friendly.

  • xylo on September 7, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    What? "You cannot live in the past glory. "? I believe a certain batsman is doing exactly that, and some hand-in-glove 'expert's are backing it as well!

  • Al_Bundy1 on September 7, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    Why not play Bhajji instead of 10dulkar. At current form, he's a better batsman than 10dulkar and he can bowl a few overs too. Heck, considering 10dulkar's current slump, even Munaf Patel can bat better than him.

  • Al_Bundy1 on September 7, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    I like Bhajji's attitude. If only 10dulkar would adopt this attitude. We gave chances to youngsters like Kohli and Pujara and they have already proved themselves to be better than 10dulkar. Heck, even Dhoni and Ashwin can bat better than 10dulkar. We need to get rid of 10dulkar NOW and give chances to youngsters like Rahane, Tiwary, Pandey, etc.

  • on September 7, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    I can't believe the philosophy of those who believe that once you are good you will always be good. Age and form and opposition strength are factors in a player's life' If a player no longer performs as he used to, the interest of the team is greater than the past record of the player. There is a season for everything.

  • Cricketcraze912 on September 7, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    @moBlue What are you saying? Kohli and Pujara are meant for Test cricket. kohli has already saved us in one Test and Pujara taken the good role of dravid.

  • pr3m on September 7, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    Almighty capitalized? Interesting.

    Why is being out of the team such a big deal? Isn't it glaringly obvious that he wasn't the best man for the job at that time? Why is a place in the side considered so sanctimonious that losing it is like losing all glory won in battle?

  • MyMeeru on September 7, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    I like Bajji's attitude. Fights for the country. But, spoiled by all extra parties. Let us give him one more chance. But, BCCI should adopt rotation policy. Any bowler who is more economical or highest wicket taker will get a chance to play in the subsequent series. Same for batsman. How long are we going to worship the little master! He can not pick an choose the game or series. BCCI should be commanding.

  • on September 7, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    To all the people asking SRT to retire.. yes he is not in good form and in on the decline. Name one person who is better than him to replace him. Raina, Sharma, Yuvi. they all been given chances and none of them will be even close to this GREAT in test cricket.

  • Naresh28 on September 6, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    INDIAN CRICKET NEEDS FIGHTERS - AND BHAJJI IS ONE OF THEM!!!!!!! GIVE HIM A CHANCE TO PROVE HIMSELF!!!!!! ONCE LONG AGO HE MADE INDIA WIN A T20 WC!!!!!!

  • on September 6, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    What is Singh thinking? He thinks he can play few 20-20 and waltz into the national team. He always was a horrible performer abroad accept a few exceptions. The current guys are not doing too bad on the home grounds....Singh has to wait his turn ...I would try Harmeet from Mumbai before HS

  • AvidCricFan on September 6, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Big talk is easy. Let the ball talk. Ashwin did let the ball talk. He has cemented his position in the NZ series. Besides his batting is better than Bhajji's.

  • playitstraight on September 6, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    Good. Dear Bhajji, please tell your team-mate Mr. Statchin Tendulkar the same thing. Sincerely, all Indian fans.

  • on September 6, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    Bhajji is the past and should be left that way. He does not have what it takes to take wicket. We need wicket taking bowlers. Bhajji should have been dropped before even going to England series. There is lot more talent in India but are not given any consideration due to all the politics. You need to rotate players so the opposition do not get use to the bowing of the same bowlers. Everyone has learned how to play bhajji.

  • on September 6, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    Looks like some folks are threatened by the idea of Bhajji making a comeback... I am guessing CSK fans ? LOL....!!! Guys, if Ashwin is really as good as his numbers suggest, you have nothing to worry about.

  • torsha on September 6, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    Why so much negativity towards Bhajji? We all know that he didn't perform well enough and dropped and now he had decent performance with Essex and working well on his form and come on he is coming almost after a year. If good form is not permanent then bad form is also not consistent.

  • on September 6, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    He is only 32 and has already taken over 400 wickets. Spinners can bowl until they are 40. How can a country write him off?

  • moBlue on September 6, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    @TRAM: what is your problem? see anyone on the horizon in test cricket - raina? rohit? they can't hold a bat yet! - who is better than sachin?!? also, for your info., sachin averages 48 in tests since 9/2010 with 3 centuries and 9 fifties out of 38 innings - over 30% 50-plus scores - which is not just good but *great* quality of test batting!!! even if you talk of recent form, though his average has dipped to 35, he has only failed in 7 innings in 4 tests in a row - before which he scored 73 and 32 in melbourne and 41 and 80 in sydney early this year! you still want to drop him? ...and have rohit or raina face steyn, philander and morkel in SA in 2013? what are your non-age-related cricketing reasons for doing so? i don't care if he is 50, if he bats this way, he should still be playing for IND if he wants to, until someone betters him in test cricket!!! don't tell me he is holding up someone else when there is no one - bar none! not kohli, nor pujara, not yet!!! - better at tests!!!

  • Khooni-Darinda on September 6, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    @ paras_1990, or @ anyone else who knows

    which incident is paras talking about here "" questioning cricketing skills of a player who supported him throughout that alleged racism scandal""

  • on September 6, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    hope ashwin gets more chance than bhajji, ashwin is better than him or let both of them bowl. leaving ashwin and concidering him is going to be a troble for india.

  • the_blue_android on September 6, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    @ RandyOZ - What do you think of Australians selection Brad Hogg? Hahahahah....Brad Hogg will not even make it into grade level cricket in India and he's your spin bowler!

  • on September 6, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Bhajji, Ashwin aboth are matvh winners, so both must play...

  • on September 6, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    weel in ma opinion te4am should be::shewag,ghambir,kohli,yuvraj,raina,dhoni,pathan,ashwin,bhajji,zaheer,umesh:)))

  • on September 6, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    For Sub continent pitches Bhajji suits well. If his rythm is fine he ll be ur trumph card.It is good to play with Irfan and Bhajji as they will be handy with the bat in 7 & 8. So it is upto Indian Batting to click. If they peak well then we ll be unstoppable side in the world cup.

  • cricket-india on September 6, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    GUYS, 100 tests/400 wkts don't come by fluke; gotta acknowledge bhajji is something. if he starts attacking instead of looking to contain, he may yet get his mojo back. for that he needs a supportive captain who won't mind a few extra runs conceded in the effort of getting a wicket. he'l also need the seamers to atleast unsettle the opposition top order, if not dismiss them outright; remember it's never easy for a spinner to come on in the 20th over and bowl to well-set atsmen who are well-settled; a tentative middle order on the defensive due to the loss of top order wickets is what a spinner expects to bowl to, and that's wht warne enjoyed due to the exploits of mcgrath, lee. good for now bhajji wasn't in the test team but he can be a guide for ashwin, ojha and even harmeet if the youngster is fast-tracked upwards. let's not kid ourselves into ecstasy due to the spinners' wickets against a weak nz team on home grounds. we still need bhajji to mentor them, whether we like him or not.

  • paras_1990 on September 6, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    okay taking 32 wickets in 3 match series is not a small thing. neither being second highest wicket taker for your side in world cup. agreed that his form helped india to win crucial matches. yet his behavior has also embarrassed the team like slapgate, questioning cricketing skills of a player who supported him throughout that alleged racism scandal.justifying his selection in the squad inspite of non performing doesn't look too good. its good he has played county cricket. and even if he doesn't get selected for the world cup then he should continue to play domestic cricket especially first class one.that would actually help his cause.

  • TheCupid on September 6, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    @ RandyOZ - For once i'd have to agree with your views, it will be an totally backward move. @ Jonathan - Ashwin hasn't played enuf away matches to term him a failure outside India yet.

  • TRAM on September 6, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    well said Harbajan - "You cannot live in the past glory". Please tell that to your pal one Mr. Tendulkar too.

  • lemonstealer on September 6, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    its a good selection considering that the t20 world cup is being held in srilanka.it'l help our balance big time cuz we can now comfortably play irfan pathan at number 7 with ashwin and harbhajan to follow BUT i dont care how well he bowls in this tournament this should not be his way into the test team,he was dropped from the test team for a reason,fitness and more so for lack of form,nothing he has done over the past year that suggests he has regained his form,i dont want to hear the same old "im bowling well in the nets,feeling good about myself,wickets will follow"!

  • svel on September 6, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    harbajan should retire now and save his dignity ... wonder why he is picked in the squad... the thing is that in the playing eleven he will be selected ahead of ashwin cos he is the senior... which will be disaster for India in the world cup...

  • pdsina on September 6, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    come everyone lets support a player who is making a come back and don't bully him. I am not saying coz its bhajji but if for any indian player making comeback we must back them, afterall bhajji has done some wonders to this Indian team.

  • on September 6, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    ashwin is far better than harbhajan

  • vak1997 on September 6, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    we want Bhajji to become the 'turbanator'

  • Munafis810 on September 6, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Gambhir Sehwag Kohli Yuvi Raina Dhoni Irfan Bhajji Balaji Ashwin Zak/Dinda

    Despite batting bieng strong, Bhajji can be used as pinch hitter in some matches as surprise factor for sudden game or two. Thats the only reason I put him in team. Allocate only 2 over for him to bowl and 3rd only if he bowls first two well. Balaji is calculated gamble. If his variations work he is huge asset. Ditto with Dinda. Sehwag,UV,Kohli,Raina will pitch in with 8-10 overs Irfan,Dinda,Balaji,Ashwin,Bhajji to bowl min of 12 over with bowler in form completing his quota and one having day off bieng given just 1-2(read Bhajji). I strongly beleive the following batting can post 160+ scores and that would negate our bowling which is not great but is no pushover either. If yuvi does not get his form back, then Rohit(:facepalm) or Tiwary needs to standup. For SL pitches ,2 seamers with Irfan as third is enough.

  • Munafis810 on September 6, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Glory??? Except a couple of good years ....he hardly spun the ball..and was basically a darter....I would have prefer rookie Harmeet or Iqbal Abdullah over him even today......But I guess his advantage is his big hitting and that's probably sole reason he is WCT20 squad.not good for tests or ODI anyway

  • on September 6, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    The best 11 for team india is 1)sehwag,2)gambhir,3)kohli,4)yuvraj,5)dhoni,6)raina,7)pathan,8)ashwin,9)harbhajan,10)zaheer,11)balaji BEST OF LUCK TEAM INDIA

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on September 6, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Worrying signs for INDIA...:-(

  • RandyOZ on September 6, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    What a totally backwards move by India. Why do they keep selecting favourites. He doesnt warrant a spot its as simple as that.

  • johnathonjosephs on September 6, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Doosra >>> Carrom Ball Ashwin has been a great performer, yes, but he has utterly failed outside India

  • raja95 on September 6, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    If India plays only one specialist spinner it should be Ashwin .Harbhajan should play only if India goes for two specialist spinners

  • m_ilind on September 6, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    He made a career out of one series, against Aus in 2001. Can't live on that!

  • swagatsawant on September 6, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    :D

    Good To See Healthy Competition Going Around.. But Will Hate If They Play Together, There Has To Be Variety In The Attack, Only One Of Them Should Be Playing In The Eleven.

  • on September 6, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Ashwin deserve the place in playi.g eleven not bajji

  • on September 6, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Bajji got enough opportunity to prove himself after Kumble's retirement. In fact, he was a failure which he does not want to accept. At the present form,Ashwin walks into the team for all formats of the game. Ashin can bat also well. So, unless the ihink tank decides to play two offspinners, Harbhajan's chance of playing looks a distinct possibilty. If we play two offspinners, the team's balance in attack is also upset. Let him take some wickets in Ranji and then fight for a place It is a fact that Bajji took only 5 wickdts in IPL and was completely off-colour. Anyhow, wishing Bajjio all the very best BGajji shyuld hnot f0orget that Ashwin was waiting in the wings for almosgt 2 to 3 years to be in the playing 11, although he was performing creditably when Harbhajan was in the team.

  • Sudarshanj on September 6, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    @ Davidatlas999- you are right mate. Bhajji has long forgot to spin the ball. Only chance of him now is if he can swing the ball!

  • SamRoy on September 6, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    I have absolutely no problem picking Harbhajan in the ODI and T20 teams. But in test matches, no way! Ashwin is the better bowler currently with more turn and bounce. And Ashwin is a grammatically correct batsman (Harbhajan is a glorified slogger). Harbhajan of 2001 was better than Ashwin but not the Harbhajan post 2009! And as for away tests both are equally bad, rather play Ojha as first choice spinner.

  • haseeb on September 6, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    @davidatlas ?? he doesnt swing the ball he spins it ..:P well with ashwin around its going to be difficult for harbhajan to get into the team and perform lets see ..BEst of luck harbhajan singh !!

  • premnauth on September 6, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Harbhajan still have a lot to offer in 50 overs and test match, his batting is very valuable to the team

  • on September 6, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    He was selected in the team for his slogging capacity n agressive capabilty to hold pressure in tight situations , not for replacing ashwin or some one else!!!!!1suitable number 8 or 9 batsman to be in t20!!!!

  • davidatlas999 on September 6, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Wellcome back harbajan.who can swing the ball more then ashwin.i think harbajan sould be there instead ashwin.a fan from pakistan best of luck.

  • RISHI2016 on September 6, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    well wld like 2 see him playing.. sehwag gambhir virat yuvi dhoni raina irfan ashwin harbhajan zaheer balaji my team

  • eswarviru on September 6, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    bhajii u will rock ..............................................................................................................................

  • on September 6, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Wat is your past glory , not taking wickets is past glory , even tendulkar is shutting his mouth , wat is troubling you ?

  • on September 6, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    I would like to see more of Ashwin, Ohja and Rahul Sharma than Harbhajan. It looks awkward, but being an India, I wish this man gets hell of a beating from NZ.

  • on September 6, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Bhajji can bowl his heart out but Ashwin and the CSK gangwill make it difficult for him to get in. Remember his mentor Sachin himself is on the wane and MSK has succeeded in easing out Dravid and VVS .He will remember how he kept him out in the world cup 2011 even though Ashwin was bowling better than him. Times change and what goes around comes around to haunt you. He will be lucky to feature in the playing eleven.

  • wibblewibble on September 6, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Good luck to him, he played quite nicely for Essex.

  • 777aditya on September 6, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    However likable Bhajji may be (ask Hayden, Symonds, or Sreesanth), it is going to be difficult for him to replace Ashwin right now. Since Kumble's retirement, Bhajji has not done anything remarkable consistently. Ashwin, in his absence, has done pretty well. It might be wait and watch for the turbanator for now.

  • on September 6, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Say that to SACHIN also................

  • Narbavi on September 6, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    glad that he realized that he can't live on past glory!!

  • shyamkp on September 6, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    its a step backwards by selectin harbhajan.ashwin has proved that he is a much better bowler and a sensible cricketer than him.If he replaces ashwin in the team then i will be gutted

  • satish619chandar on September 6, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Even in this form, i would play Bhajji as second spinner in T20's replacing the extra batsman in Rohit. This will allow us to go in with 5 bowlers with 3 pace and 2 spin in Ashwin and Bhajji. Ashwin Pathan and Bhajji can all bat and there are enough parttimers. My 11 for T20 would be, Viru, Gambhir, Virat, Yuvi, Raina, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, Bhajji, Zak and Dinda. Atleast against NZ if not in T20 WC.

  • on September 6, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Bhajji - you were no mystery bowler and every batsman in the world was able to read your deliveries. Your past glory (if that is what you feel) was because of the great jumbo at the other end. These days, you are more of a "hit me" bowler. If you do get selected in the playing 11, I am sorry but you will be bashed all around the park. Save the ignominy.

  • on September 6, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    As much as I want Bhajji to do well, I do not think he has done enough to deserve a comeback to the Indian team. I hope he proves me wrong and takes loads of wickets at the World Cup.

  • on September 6, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    All the best Bhajji, Do well.

  • on September 6, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Bhajju Bhaiji .... you will be back with a bang and I still feel you have much cricket left in you .... so be strong and trust in God .... amen

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  • on September 6, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Bhajju Bhaiji .... you will be back with a bang and I still feel you have much cricket left in you .... so be strong and trust in God .... amen

  • on September 6, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    All the best Bhajji, Do well.

  • on September 6, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    As much as I want Bhajji to do well, I do not think he has done enough to deserve a comeback to the Indian team. I hope he proves me wrong and takes loads of wickets at the World Cup.

  • on September 6, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Bhajji - you were no mystery bowler and every batsman in the world was able to read your deliveries. Your past glory (if that is what you feel) was because of the great jumbo at the other end. These days, you are more of a "hit me" bowler. If you do get selected in the playing 11, I am sorry but you will be bashed all around the park. Save the ignominy.

  • satish619chandar on September 6, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Even in this form, i would play Bhajji as second spinner in T20's replacing the extra batsman in Rohit. This will allow us to go in with 5 bowlers with 3 pace and 2 spin in Ashwin and Bhajji. Ashwin Pathan and Bhajji can all bat and there are enough parttimers. My 11 for T20 would be, Viru, Gambhir, Virat, Yuvi, Raina, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, Bhajji, Zak and Dinda. Atleast against NZ if not in T20 WC.

  • shyamkp on September 6, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    its a step backwards by selectin harbhajan.ashwin has proved that he is a much better bowler and a sensible cricketer than him.If he replaces ashwin in the team then i will be gutted

  • Narbavi on September 6, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    glad that he realized that he can't live on past glory!!

  • on September 6, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Say that to SACHIN also................

  • 777aditya on September 6, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    However likable Bhajji may be (ask Hayden, Symonds, or Sreesanth), it is going to be difficult for him to replace Ashwin right now. Since Kumble's retirement, Bhajji has not done anything remarkable consistently. Ashwin, in his absence, has done pretty well. It might be wait and watch for the turbanator for now.

  • wibblewibble on September 6, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Good luck to him, he played quite nicely for Essex.