Spinner Harbhajan Singh, who joined the Indian team as a teenager, believes that after 22 seasons, even at the age of 40, he is no less than anyone in terms of skill. He said that if anyone has any doubt in this matter, get his skills tested with the best spinners in the country.
Harbhajan, who played 103 Tests and 236 ODIs for the country, said, “If you want to compare me to those young players, then get my skill test done with the one you think is the best.”
Harbhajan, who took 235 wickets in T20 matches with an economy rate of less than 7, said, “You can talk about the age when the ball comes out between your legs and you don’t have life in your shoulders.” He said, “I have landed on the field for India for at least 800 days. I have achieved so much that no one needs sympathy. But yes, if you talk about skill, you can test me with anyone. “I’m still ready.”
When Harbhajan was asked if he could do his best in the IPL without playing domestic cricket, he said, “Everyone has their way. If someone feels that a match is necessary for him, then it is good for him. I have played international cricket to win and if I throw 2000 balls in a month on the net, it is enough for me.”
Last month, 40-year-old Harbhajan started laughing when he was told that players like Ravi Bishnoi and Karthik Tyagi, who were ready to play IPL this year, were born after his Test debut. Harbhajan said, “It looks like you are trying to make me feel that I have become very old. But seriously, when I made my debut, Mohammad Azharuddin was the captain of India. It has been a wonderful journey, full of ups and downs and I am thankful to God that I could live my dream for two decades.”
Harbhajan believes that the Covid-19 lockdown has helped him become more fit than before. He said, “You always feel that if there was more opportunity, you could have gained more fame. What I could not achieve for the country was probably not in my destiny, but that would be another view.’