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I'm not a magician, I too have rough times: Bhajji

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Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 11:57 [IST]
 
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Harbhajan lashes out at critics

Chandigarh, Nov 6: Harbhajan Singh, who returned to Test fold after a year, lashed out at critics and said it cannot be 'one-way traffic'.

The Punbjab player who led his team to a win over Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy tie, took a dig at the critics, as he said one should not judge a bowler by the number of wickets he had claimed but also his skillful methods that helps him survive for long.

"A good bowler should not be only judged by his wickets count, his skillful bowling methods should also be taken into account.

"His (a spinner's) role changes according to the wicket. Some people who have not played cricket themselves have been writing crap stuff about me. But it can't be like one-way traffic.

The cricketer who has represented India in 98 Tests and taken 406 wickets, said that he has evolved as a cricketer and was thoroughly excited about getting a Test recall.

He further defended his form and said legendary bowlers like Muralitharan and Warne have also undergone such poor patches and was quite confident of striking form during the Test series against England.

"I have seen legendary spinners like Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan going wicketless in matches. Similarly, I am not a magician, I too can have rough times," he added.

Thrilled about playing for India again, the turbanator said a Test recall was something he yearned for during the last one year when he was not a part of the national team.

"I'm excited about the news of my selection in the Indian Test team. It is a big news for me. Although I played in the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, securing a Test berth was always on my mind.

The cricketer who has played 98 Tests so far, is just two Test matches short of reaching another milestone of 100 Tests, and is excited about playing the series against England.

"It would be nice to complete 100 Test matches, I just can't wait to get into the white flannels for India against England," said Harbhajan here on Monday.

Moreover, the turbanator has not played a home Test since Nov 2010, which also suggests that Harbhajan Singh's Test recall gives him an opportunity to make his first appearance at home in two years.

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