World Cup-winning spinner Harbhajan said he believes he has still got what it takes to knock opposition batsmen out in international cricket, especially in the T20 format. The Chennai Super Kings off-spinner said his performances in the IPL prove he is still capable of wearing the blue jersey at the highest level.
Harbhajan Singh has not played for India since March 2016 and he hasn’t been playing first-class cricket since 2017 season as well. Nonetheless, Harbhajan has been an integral member of Chennai Super Kings since the time he made the switch from Mumbai Indians in 2018.
Harbhajan picked up 16 wickets in IPL 2019 for CSK in 11 matches and finished with best bowling figures of 3/20.
“I’m ready. If I can bowl well in IPL, which is a very difficult tournament for bowlers because the grounds are smaller, and all the top players in world cricket play in the IPL… it is very challenging to bowl against them and if you can do well against them in IPL, you can do well in international cricket,” Harbhajan Singh told ESPNCricinfno.
“I have bowled predominantly in the powerplay and middle overs and got wickets.
“They will not look at me because they feel I am too old. Also I don’t play any domestic cricket. [In the] Last four-five years they did not look at me even though I was doing well in the IPL, taking wickets and I had all my records to back my case.”
‘No one talks to you in the present Indian set-up’
Harbhajan, who is among only the 4 bowlers to have picked up 150 or more wickets in the IPL, lamented the lack of communication in the current Indian set-up, saying no one comes and talks to players who are not in the reckoning.
“In international cricket not all teams have quality players like IPL teams, where every team has a top-six which is good,” Harbhajan said.
“Yes, Australia, England, India have all got very good batting line-ups. But if I can get Johnny Bairstow and David Warner in IPL, don’t you think I can get them in international cricket? But it is not in my hands. No one comes and talks to you in this present Indian set-up.”