India news September 6, 2012

'Can't live in past glory' - Harbhajan

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • kai 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.

  • Dummy4 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...

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

    Well come back match winner, All the very best.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • 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 .

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