Time is on my side: Harbhajan Singh

Published: Friday, July 8, 2011, 10:00 [IST]
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Time is on my side: Harbhajan Singh

Roseau, July 8: Only the third Indian bowler to touch the 400-wicket mark in Test cricket, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said his best is yet to come as tweakers tend to get better after turning 30.

"I''m only 31...and even though the last seven wickets have made me work harder, (I''m hopeful) the next 200 will come very soon," said Harbhajan after the end of second day''s play in the third and final Test against the West Indies here.

Harbhajan accounted for Darren Sammy (20) and Carlton Baugh (60) within a space of 9 balls to reach the milestone, a summit which only two other Indians and 10 bowlers overall have ever managed in the history of the game.

Harbhajan, who has spent over 13 years in international cricket, then went down the memory lane and recalled the difficulties he endured to come thus far.

"I have faced a lot of ups and downs in my career -- mostly downs. I''ve worked hard for these wickets. Spinners mature with age. Most of them, be it Anil (Kumble) bhai, Shane Warne, (Muttiah) Muralitharan took a lot of wickets after they turned 30.

"Time is on my side; I am still very young and there is a lot of cricket left in me. I have to start doing even better for Team India and start taking a lot of wickets. If I keep myself fit, I will be able to do it. .

Harbhajan didn't forget to mention about the joy he has derived from his batting in the last two years.

"I have batted well for Team India in the last two years.

It''s nice to get runs and spend time in the middle. When you do it, you also learn how the wicket is playing. You feel when you can hit shots, imagine what proper batsmen would be doing themselves.

"I have worked hard on my batting. I feel when the team is in trouble, I should be holding bat and making sure I get the team out of trouble," he said.


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