Bangalore, Aug 18: Harbhajan Singh, having been recalled to the Indian team for Twenty20 Internationals, is aiming to win back his place in the Test side as well.
The offspinner, who made a comeback to the Indian T20 squad for New Zealand series and ICC World Twenty20 2012 in Sri Lanka, is working hard to play Test cricket again.
"Now, in order to come back (to Test team) I've to perform even better, work harder than before, get fit both mentally and physically, and do everything I possibly could to earn a Test recall," Harbhajan told "DNA" newspaper on Friday.
Recalling his "tough days" being out of the team, Harbhajan said he was always hopeful of returning to Indian team.
"No one likes to be dropped, but you have to look forward and work even harder. Yes, I'm more mature now to cope with and understand the hardships associated with the sport. That said, the nature of struggle remains the same for every player, whether he is 25 or 40. All you can do is ensure that the difficult days don't last long."
It has been more than a year since Harbhajan played for India. His last match was a Test against England in 2011 (July 29 to August 1).
Harbhajan, currently bowling for Essex county said it was important to keep playing when there was no cricket in India.
"There was no cricket in India and I was eager to play. Look, it's always a challenge to bowl in this part of the world. Where's the thrill if there's nothing to push you on? County cricket is hard work; you play six days a week with the same intensity. Every match, be it county or international, helps you learn and grow."