Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh, who turn 40 in July, believes he is still fit to play for India in the T20 format considering he has been able to deliver in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Harbhajan, who is the joint third-highest wicket-taker in IPL with 150 wickets, last donned the Indian jersey in the 2016 Asia Cup which was played in the T20 format.
“I’m ready,” Singh told ESPNcricinfo in an interview.
“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 added.
The 39-year-old also went on to say that being ignored from the national selectors for so many years hurt him.
“They will not look at me because they feel I am too old. 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.” he said.
Bhajji also claimed that the IPL is the toughest T20 event and considering that he has been able to perform well in the league, he felt he could make a return to the national team.
“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 talk to you in this present Indian set-up,” he concluded.
It is to be known that Harbhajan has played 103 Tests, 236 ODIs and 28 T20Is for India in which he has picked 417, 269 and 25 wickets respectively.