Harbhajan feels fresh, but desperate to perform

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Published: Friday, September 7, 2012, 11:59 [IST]
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India-NZ T20, a new start for Harbhajan

Vizag, Sep 7: Having been recalled for the T20 internationals against New Zealand, India's off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels though its not a debut, it indeed is a fresh start for the turbanator as he has got another opportunity to play for the country after twelve months.

"It's not that I was dropped for the first time last year. But it has been for the longest period of time. It makes you feel as if you are doing it for the first time," Harbhajan told PTI on Thursday.

Harbhajan, who has played 98 Tests for India, and has claimed 406 wickets, has not played a Test since June 2011, while it's the same with T20s, as he played his last T20 against West Indies in June 2011.

Having been there for more than a decade, Harbhajan had to prove his worth by playing first class cricket and county matches to earn the India cap again.

"I won't say this is a debut but yes, it's going to be a new day and a new chapter for me," he said. Harbhajan has a haul of 683 International scalps including 406 in 98 Tests but the 32-year-old off-spinner had to prove himself all over again to earn the India colours.

Bhajji also expressed that it was tough for any cricketer to comeback to the team as it could be harder than making a debut.

"It's always tough when you are out. Making a comeback is tougher than earning your maiden International call. It involves a lot of things. When you're out, you get injured and then again out. It's always been challenging."

Moreover, break from international career could have changed the off-spinner's life as his talk sounded very matured as he said players cannot live in the past glory.

"You cannot live in the past glory. For anyone, it does not depend what you've done in the past but what you do in the present and future."

"I won't say it was frustrating but at times it's difficult not being part of the side for so long. But you're used to the set up. Not only me, it can happen to anyone. You are always going to have ups and downs. But when you get the opportunity, you have to stand up and take it in your stride."

But he did admit that the last twelve months were quite tough, as he had not been performing well for the last couple of years, but said that would be the same for any player.

Now, that he has got an opportunity to play for India again in T20s against5 New Zealand and ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka later this month, Harbhajan said he has to perform very well and live up to the expectations of the team and selectors.


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