India news February 11, 2012

Harbhajan fit to play domestic one-dayers

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

    In short he is fit for 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.

  • Senthil 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.

  • Venkata 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.

  • Moses 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!

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    maybe he can play for pakistan and give ajmal company

  • Ro 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Harman 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...

  • alok 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.

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