Deprived of a place in the India ‘A’ squad, Harbhajan Singh finds himself with limited opportunities to stage a comeback, but the out-of-favour spinner is determined to make an impact in the upcoming Champions League T20 to force his way into national reckoning.
Unlike some of the other seniors like Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan who have been drafted into the India ‘A’ team for the series against West Indies ‘A’ for their comeback trail, Harbhajan has no choice but to prove his worth in the T20 event.
“I am always happy to play any format. Whatever adjustments you make, the basic principles of success do not change. Whether it’s Tests or T20s, the art of picking up wickets remains the same,” Harbhajan told PTI over phone from Ahmedabad, where he is training with Mumbai Indians squad for CLT20.
“You can think about being restrictive in T20 format, whereas you can afford to experiment in Tests. But in both formats, you need to bowl wicket-taking deliveries that win you matches. At this point of time, I am totally focussed on doing well for Mumbai Indians in the Champions League T20,” the 33-year-old bowler, who played a pivotal role in MI’s IPL triumph with 24 wickets, said.
Harbhajan, who has taken 694 international wickets across the three formats, reckons that he still has the hunger and the ability to perform at the highest level.
“There is a lot of hunger left in me to perform at the international level. But I would like to concentrate on what I have at hand. I would like to take one match at a time and give it hundred per cent. My job is to perform in whatever matches I am playing. I would be happy to play longer format games but would like to wait till Ranji Trophy for that,” said Harbhajan, who last played against Australia in Hyderabad, in March this year.