Harbhajan Singh, famously known as the turbanator, has been a part of many glorious wins of team India in his heydays. He is one of the best off-spinners India has ever produced. After debuting back in 1998, the 39-year old has not retired from international cricket yet. But his last international appearance also was in a T20I against the UAE in Asia Cup 2016. Since then he has been off the radar of selectors.
However, he has continued playing in IPL apart from commentary in International fixtures. In a recent talk with ESPNCricinfo, the Turbanator talked about his international comeback and his bowling in the IPL. The 39-year old is hopeful of International comeback as he feels if he can outsmart top players in the IPL then why not in international cricket?
“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. I have bowled predominantly in the powerplay and middle overs and got wickets,” he said while speaking to ESPNCricinfo.
Harbhajan Singh is one of the most successful bowlers in IPL. He is at the third position in the highest wicket-taker’s list in IPL with 150 wickets to his name in 157 innings at an economy of 7.05. Apart from that he has proved his mettle in power-play also. But, he also acknowledges the fact that his age is also a constraint for international call-up.
“They will not look at me because they feel I am too old,” he said. “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,” the offie further added. He also went on to claim that all international teams don’t boast the quality of the IPL teams.
“In international cricket, not all teams have quality players like IPL teams, where every team has a top-six which is good. 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,” Harbhajan Singh said.