Harbhajan Singh hits out at critics

Harbhajan Singh has lashed out at his critics who had said that he was a spent force and was of no value to the Indian team. This backlash came after he was named in the Test squad for the series against England.

Updated: November 05, 2012 22:58 IST
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Chandigarh: Back in the Indian cricket team after spending almost a year in the sidelines, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Monday hit back at his critics and said that it cannot be a "one-way traffic".

Shortly after leading his side Punjab to an innings win over Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy, Harbhajan said: "A good bowler should not be only judged by his wickets count, his skillful bowling methods should also be taken into account.

"His (a spinner's) role changes according to the wicket. Some people who have not played cricket themselves have been writing crap stuff about me. But it can't be like one-way traffic.

"I have seen legendary spinners like Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan going wicketless in matches. Similarly, I am not a magician, I too can have rough times," he added.

The offie, who has taken 406 wickets in 98 Tests, said he has "evolved as a cricketer" and was excited about the news of his selection.

Adding that he was looking forward to playing his 100th Test soon, Harbhajan said, "I'm excited about the news of my selection in the Indian Test team. It is a big news for me. Although I played in the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, securing a Test berth was always on my mind.

"It would be nice to complete 100 Test matches, I just can't wait to get into the white flannels for India against England," said Harbhajan here on Monday.

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