Harbhajan Singh is still playing because he “wants” and “will”, says the veteran, who has not turned around, as combative at 40 as he was in his prime and least worried about people who doubt his desire to continue.
One of the biggest spinners in India is back IPL this year with Kolkata Knight Riders, after missing the last season for CSK in the UAE and now wants to “enjoy every moment of any cricket left” in it.
“Many people think, ‘Bhai yeh kyun khel raha hain? “Arrey bhai yeh unki soch hai, meri naahi. Meri soch hai ki main abhi khel sakta hoon, toh main khelunga (People think “why does he play”, but this is your opinion. Where do I see myself, I want to play and I will do it) play) “, Harbhajan told PTI in interview.
“I have nothing to prove to anyone. My intention is to play well, to enjoy my stay in the middle and the game of cricket still gives me this satisfaction.
“I have set a standard for myself and if I don’t, I don’t need anyone else, but I will blame myself. I have to ask myself if I made the optimal effort that was needed,” he said just before moving on to the team’s bubble.
The owner of more than 700 international wickets is pragmatic about the way he approaches the game in his 23rd professional season since making his debut in 1998.
“Yes, I am no longer 20 years old and I will not train like then. But yes, as a 40-year-old, I know I am capable and I will certainly do what it takes to succeed at that level.
“Expectations will still be there and the responsibilities that were there when I played for India remain,” said one of the most successful bowlers in IPL history with 150 scalps.
Although this is his first experience in a bio-bubble, Harbjajan did not hide his fears why he did not go to the UAE last year?
“Last year, when the IPL happened, COVID-19 in India was at its peak. I was worried about my family and also about the hard quarantine in India after my return. But this year it’s happening in India and we’re also used to it. to a new normal.
“The vaccines have come. Besides, my family is what they insist on. My wife (Geeta) told me I have to go play,” said Harbhajan, who is due to become a father for the second time in July.
But he acknowledged that the lack of much cricket during that time had changed the dynamics of the auction.
“These questions are being asked because I haven’t played much cricket lately, so the teams are a bit defensive at auction and don’t want to bid for me.
“But let me remind you that when I did well with CSK in 2019 in the IPL, I had not played a single internal cricket. I came to the camp, prepared and entered the match. At my level and experience I know what needs to be done. do.
“I don’t need to play domestic cricket for the Punjab and stop a young talent from thriving. This boy needs that chance more than I do,” he said.
The back section of Kolkata Knight Riders does not inspire the greatest confidence Kuldeep yadav with a long bad patch and a mysterious spinner Varun Chakravarti fitness ethics, which is questioned again and again.
During the networks, would you wait for Kuldeep to come to you for advice, or would you volunteer if you found something that needed a course adjustment?
“Why would I wait for Culdip to come to me? I’ve never had such an ego in my life. If I see something to say, I’ll go up to him and maybe give him a suggestion of what he can do better. That’s what older people are for. “
“If I see something that needs to be said to him and it will help the bowling alley, I will go up myself and tell him that. That’s what the adults do.”
The main owner of the team Shah Rukh Khan had called Harbhajan immediately after the auction to welcome him to the KKR family and expected to see him with the IPL Trophy.
“We have a good team. The T20 has about three players in one team, it can be every three by clicking on the specific day. You see, the Mumbai Indians are a country that has all the basics, but they are still victorious. You can be it Rahul Tripati or Nitish Rana can win it for us. “
He is at a stage in his career where he has to do a self-assessment after each season. “Every season I analyze myself whether I have it in me to play or not. If I feel I’m done, I’ll say thank you very much. If I feel like I’m doing well, you’ll see me next year, “he said, signing with a sincere laugh.