India news February 11, 2012

Harbhajan fit to play domestic one-dayers

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Harbhajan Singh, the injured India offspinner who has been out of the national side, has said he is fit to return to competitive cricket. Harbhajan had missed most of the Ranji Trophy because of a shin injury. He will be using the domestic one-day competition, the Vijay Hazare Trophy, he said, to stake his claim for a spot in the national side.

"I am fully fit and ready for competitive cricket," Harbhajan Singh told PTI. "I will be making a comeback during the zonal one-dayers, where I will be leading the Punjab side.

"I have been bowling regularly at the National Cricket Academy [in Bangalore] and haven't encountered any problems. My fight to make a comeback into the national team will start with the zonal one-dayers and hopefully I will be able to perform to the best of my abilities."

The preliminary round of the Vijay Hazare Trophy is contested by the states at a zonal level, with the top teams proceeding to the inter-zonal knockout rounds. Punjab's first game in the North Zone group is against Haryana on February 20.

Harbhajan missed out on India's Test and one-day series at home against West Indies in 2011, as well as the ongoing Australia tour, following a run of poor form. Against England in July, he picked up only two wickets before an abdominal muscle injury forced him to return home. He hasn't represented India since.

Harbhajan also said he was considering a stint in county cricket to force his way back into the national setup. "For me, it's about performing and making a comeback to the Indian team as soon possible. Playing county cricket is certainly not a bad idea. I can only take a call once the Indian Premier League is over, but it also depends on whether the BCCI will allow me to go and play a few matches in county cricket."

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  • Bhav_srtfan on February 13, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    In short he is fit for IPL....how disgusting is this....? he should be ban to play all form of cricket now...The most overrated cricketer of the World...

  • nachami on February 13, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    I went through Bajjis statistics in Cricinfo and he has amazing. No question of debating anything. We need to think of future cricket at this point in time. Therefore, Ashwin needs to be given more run. It is high time that Bajji to mentor Ashwin which will only be good to the country.

  • Y2SJ on February 13, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    He is not fit for the Hazare trophy. He is fit for IPL. Let he better stay there while Rahul Sharma, Aswin take wickets for Indian team.

  • IndianCrazyFan on February 12, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Bhajji tough luck. With Aswin/Rahul and Ojha (test) will be hard to see back in any format.

    Bhajji for years was shadowed by Kumble due to his presence. He got chances mostly during absence of Kumble except for ODIs.

    With Ashwin doing a consistet run with bat & ball and Rahul does gr8 work in shorter format and Ojha too good on sub continent pictches I mostly see Bhajji into team unless he does great work on domestic matches which I am seeing now a days fromhim. So I can only see him in IPL or might ODIs at some point by 2015 WC.

  • crikbuff on February 12, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Congratulations to Bhajji... Very timely injury and recovery - just in time for the great IPL tamasha! You are Indian cricket's role model!

  • on February 12, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    maybe he can play for pakistan and give ajmal company

  • GanJack on February 12, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Harbhajan's days as a test cricketer are surely over. Here's a classic case of a matchwinner, now a has been. And look at the jokers urging him on to make a comeback ! C'mon guys .... show some sense. He's an IPLer now pure and simple.

  • on February 12, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Good Luck Bhajji,Hope you get back to your attacking self as a bowler and play some more brutal knocks down the order.You are way better than the poser called Ashwin.

  • harmske on February 12, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    why do they always choose such horrible photos to accompany the article?? it seems to be some sort of an in-joke amongst all the journalists...

  • LivingDead on February 12, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    oh cmon nobody is that "lucky" to get 400 wickets in TEST cricket. And at least he kept runs tight which is Indian bowling is failing to do these days. Good luck to Bhajji.

  • Bhav_srtfan on February 13, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    In short he is fit for IPL....how disgusting is this....? he should be ban to play all form of cricket now...The most overrated cricketer of the World...

  • nachami on February 13, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    I went through Bajjis statistics in Cricinfo and he has amazing. No question of debating anything. We need to think of future cricket at this point in time. Therefore, Ashwin needs to be given more run. It is high time that Bajji to mentor Ashwin which will only be good to the country.

  • Y2SJ on February 13, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    He is not fit for the Hazare trophy. He is fit for IPL. Let he better stay there while Rahul Sharma, Aswin take wickets for Indian team.

  • IndianCrazyFan on February 12, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Bhajji tough luck. With Aswin/Rahul and Ojha (test) will be hard to see back in any format.

    Bhajji for years was shadowed by Kumble due to his presence. He got chances mostly during absence of Kumble except for ODIs.

    With Ashwin doing a consistet run with bat & ball and Rahul does gr8 work in shorter format and Ojha too good on sub continent pictches I mostly see Bhajji into team unless he does great work on domestic matches which I am seeing now a days fromhim. So I can only see him in IPL or might ODIs at some point by 2015 WC.

  • crikbuff on February 12, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Congratulations to Bhajji... Very timely injury and recovery - just in time for the great IPL tamasha! You are Indian cricket's role model!

  • on February 12, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    maybe he can play for pakistan and give ajmal company

  • GanJack on February 12, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Harbhajan's days as a test cricketer are surely over. Here's a classic case of a matchwinner, now a has been. And look at the jokers urging him on to make a comeback ! C'mon guys .... show some sense. He's an IPLer now pure and simple.

  • on February 12, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Good Luck Bhajji,Hope you get back to your attacking self as a bowler and play some more brutal knocks down the order.You are way better than the poser called Ashwin.

  • harmske on February 12, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    why do they always choose such horrible photos to accompany the article?? it seems to be some sort of an in-joke amongst all the journalists...

  • LivingDead on February 12, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    oh cmon nobody is that "lucky" to get 400 wickets in TEST cricket. And at least he kept runs tight which is Indian bowling is failing to do these days. Good luck to Bhajji.

  • BnH1985Fan on February 12, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Over rated, and extremely lucky to have 400 wickets at the test level. Time to hang up them shoes. He would have been long discarded in countries where you are limited opportunities to prove yourself.

  • vj3478 on February 11, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    @rahulcricket007: man, I hope you read Yuvi is in US for treatment. You shud be a real sick guy to say something likethat to him.

  • on February 11, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Yes Harbhajan fit to play IPL now......disgusting

  • on February 11, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    hopefully he comes back as a much improved bowler, he brings much to the team, that fighting attitude, he gets under the skin of opposition, him and virat have that in common, winning is a habit and so is losing, you need guys like bhaj in your team, because they always play with fire in their bellies and like to win by hook or by crook.

  • MN-USA on February 11, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    No wonder why every gets fir before the BIG BUCK series, the IPL. Seems like every one wants to be likes of GAYLE.

  • Vishal_07 on February 11, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Team India is sorely missing Bhajji's attitude, take the fight to the opposition. Ashwin should be included as a batsman in the Indian team in place of Raina, and Bhajji should be included as a bowler, or may be Team India should officially designate his role as "pain in the opposition's rear".

  • Unmesh_cric on February 11, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Good luck, Bhajji ! Given the current dearth of good spinners in India, Bhajji can surely make a comeback. Bhajji is a good bowler, but lost his flight, spin and zip due to too much ODI and T20 cricket...too much negative bowling to cramp the batsmen for room and then somehow he started bowling the same way in Test cricket. I hope Bhajji gets his bowling form back and makes a strong comeback.

  • on February 11, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Atleast Harbhajan is considering about a county stint...positive sign...It will be good for Indian cricket if Ishant Sharma,Umesh Yadav,Varun Aaron and Ashok Dinda gets the feel of County cricket.Lets dont forget how county stint helped Zaheer to be a perfect bowler.If Indian cricket needs an uprising,there should be a revival in the fast bowling section.Then we will have a good pool of fast bowlers(fast..not medium-pacers which is the trend nowadays).

    Now the other side here is the disinterest of BCCI to sent bowlers for county stint.It maybe because of the cheap ego of BCCI with ECB.And again,its trend now to blame BCCI for anything negative in Indian cricket.

  • Romenevans on February 11, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    He is doing some "Wrestling" show on Indian channel, i don't know how that will help him come back in the team. His competitor is Ashwin who's have only weakness as his fielding is awful and that's the only chance for Harbhajan.

  • on February 11, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Everyone knows this before itself .... That he will be fighting fit B4 the IPL starts...... No doubt in it.. ha ha RIDICULOUS

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  • on February 11, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Everyone knows this before itself .... That he will be fighting fit B4 the IPL starts...... No doubt in it.. ha ha RIDICULOUS

  • Romenevans on February 11, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    He is doing some "Wrestling" show on Indian channel, i don't know how that will help him come back in the team. His competitor is Ashwin who's have only weakness as his fielding is awful and that's the only chance for Harbhajan.

  • on February 11, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Atleast Harbhajan is considering about a county stint...positive sign...It will be good for Indian cricket if Ishant Sharma,Umesh Yadav,Varun Aaron and Ashok Dinda gets the feel of County cricket.Lets dont forget how county stint helped Zaheer to be a perfect bowler.If Indian cricket needs an uprising,there should be a revival in the fast bowling section.Then we will have a good pool of fast bowlers(fast..not medium-pacers which is the trend nowadays).

    Now the other side here is the disinterest of BCCI to sent bowlers for county stint.It maybe because of the cheap ego of BCCI with ECB.And again,its trend now to blame BCCI for anything negative in Indian cricket.

  • Unmesh_cric on February 11, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Good luck, Bhajji ! Given the current dearth of good spinners in India, Bhajji can surely make a comeback. Bhajji is a good bowler, but lost his flight, spin and zip due to too much ODI and T20 cricket...too much negative bowling to cramp the batsmen for room and then somehow he started bowling the same way in Test cricket. I hope Bhajji gets his bowling form back and makes a strong comeback.

  • Vishal_07 on February 11, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Team India is sorely missing Bhajji's attitude, take the fight to the opposition. Ashwin should be included as a batsman in the Indian team in place of Raina, and Bhajji should be included as a bowler, or may be Team India should officially designate his role as "pain in the opposition's rear".

  • MN-USA on February 11, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    No wonder why every gets fir before the BIG BUCK series, the IPL. Seems like every one wants to be likes of GAYLE.

  • on February 11, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    hopefully he comes back as a much improved bowler, he brings much to the team, that fighting attitude, he gets under the skin of opposition, him and virat have that in common, winning is a habit and so is losing, you need guys like bhaj in your team, because they always play with fire in their bellies and like to win by hook or by crook.

  • on February 11, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Yes Harbhajan fit to play IPL now......disgusting

  • vj3478 on February 11, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    @rahulcricket007: man, I hope you read Yuvi is in US for treatment. You shud be a real sick guy to say something likethat to him.

  • BnH1985Fan on February 12, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Over rated, and extremely lucky to have 400 wickets at the test level. Time to hang up them shoes. He would have been long discarded in countries where you are limited opportunities to prove yourself.