India's veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh believes his comeback against New Zealand in the T20 series will be the start of a "new chapter" after being out in the wilderness for more than one year.
"It's not that I was dropped for the first time last year. But it has been for the longest period of time. It makes you feel as if you are doing it for the first time," Harbhajan told PTI in an interview on Thursday.
"I won't say this is a second debut but yes, it's going to be a new day and a new chapter for me," he said. Harbhajan has a haul of 683 International scalps including 406 in 98 Tests but the 32-year-old off-spinner had to prove himself all over again to earn the India colours.
"It's always tough when you are out. Making a comeback is tougher than earning your maiden International call. It involves a lot of things. When you're out, you get injured and then again out. It's always been challenging."
Harbhajan said he was always eager to perform well for the country without resting on the past laurels.
"You cannot live in the past glory. For anyone, it does not depend what you've done in the past but what you do in the present and future."
"I wont' say it was frustrating but at times it's difficult not being part of the side for so long. But you're used to the set up. Not only me, it can happen to anyone. You are always going to have ups and downs. But when you get the opportunity, you have to stand up and take it in your stride."