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Harbhajan not worried about his 100th Test

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Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 16:55 [IST]
 
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Mumbai, Feb 5: India's off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who is awaiting to play his 100th Test, feels personal milestones put pressure on the cricketer as the focus will be on achieving the feat than on the game.

Harbhajan Singh played his 99th Test against England in Mumbai in Dec 2012 and was dropped from the Test squad following a dismal show in the second Test against England.

Personal records add pressure: Harbhajan

A veteran of 99 Tests, has claimed 408 wickets in the longer version of the game which includes 5 10-wicket hauls and 25 five-wicket-haul since his debut in 1998.

Harbhajan, who is playing for Rest of India team in the Irani Cup has been practicing at Wankhede stadium for the last few days.

When reporters asked him about his Test recall and the historic 100th Test, the turbanator said "Somewhere it gets to your head, when you are close to 100 Test matches, even when you are batting from 90 to 100, when you have taken four wickets you are looking at taking another to get a five-wicket haul. It does get to your mind. Somewhere as a player you need to stay with the game rather than thinking too much ahead."

Harbhajan also added that he had pressure mounts when cricketers think about personal records but for him Irani Cup tie gains more importance than thinking about his 100th Test as he wants to perform well in the tie against Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai to earn a Test recall.

"Last year onwards, I have been trying too many things to do, to play my 100th game but when I started playing, I never thought I will come this far.

"I have come this far because I was looking to enjoy the game and am just looking to get back in the whole system of enjoying the game and playing it with lot of passion, and things will start happening for me hopefully again," said Harbhajan.

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