By CricketCountry Staff
Galle: Jun 24, 2012
The right-arm off-spinner, who has taken 665 international wickets (406 in Tests and 259 in ODIs) in his 13-year-long international career has not played for India since their tour of England last year.
Harbhajan played the first two of the four-match Test series, which India lost 4-0, before being ruled out of the Test series due to stomach injury.
“Dada made some brilliant comebacks. Staying close to him for so many years, we have imbibed some of his good qualities. So, I feel if he could do it, why can’t I?” Harbhajan said.
“My aim is to play as much cricket as possible and so I inked the deal with Essex. Since Essex are also not doing that well, they wanted my services and I also wanted to be among (those) cricketers,” Harbhajan, who recently signed for Essex County Club, was quoted as saying by Sunday MiD DAY.
“For instance, Pragyan was not a regular in the India team, but after his good performance for Surrey last season, he staged a comeback in national side. I also want to use my county stint in a similar way,” he said.
Harbhajan made it to the Indian side based on his performances for Surrey, twice, in 2005 and 2007, and now hopes for a repeat playing for Essex.
“On both the occasions, I was dropped from the national side, but thanks to a good show for Surrey, I made my way back into the national side. I want to make this Essex stint a memorable one. I believe I still have a lot of cricket left in me,” he concluded.