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August 26, 2012
Harbhajan Singh still harbours hopes of reaching the landmark of 100 Tests despite not having played in the format for a year. He was left stranded on 98 caps when injury struck during last year's tour of England and he admitted he never imagined that he would be out of the side for so long.
In the latest edition of 'Alison's Tea Break', Harbhajan tells Alison Mitchell about his time out of the India fold, describing how his desperation to get back hampered his form rather than helping it.
He opens up to talk about his use of 'visualisation' in order to achieve the right performance state and make himself feel as if he's "done it all before" when he takes to the field to bowl. Find out which Indian great introduced him to the technique, what it involves and when he does it. Hear what he means when he insists 'process' must come before results, and what his lofty ambitions are with the India team as he strives to force his way back into the Test as well as Twenty20 side.
Harbhajan was speaking before R Ashwin took 12 for 85 in the first Test against New Zealand, while left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha also took six wickets in the match to suggest India's Test spin department is in capable hands for the time being. However, with the visit of England looming later in the year Harbhajan is eager to add to his 405 wickets.
"I'm quite hopeful and very positive about the way things have gone here," he said of his stint at Essex. "I can't wait to get back in the Test side again, can't wait to take lots of wickets again and take my team to the No. 1 position again. That will be the contribution from my side, that's what I want to do. It can be done. It's all about belief."
And Harbhajan admitted that the desperation to get back into the Test fold may not have helped his cause of the last 12 months. "In my case I was very desperate to come back. That was probably the reason why I wasn't really concentrating on the job, or on what I had in my hand," he said. "In the last year I was putting myself under so much pressure to do well that my focus was more on the result than the process. It should have been more on the process."
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