Mohali: Back in the Test fold after a gap of nearly 15 months, offspinner Harbhajan Singh took a dig at his critics, saying that he is "not a magician" and it's never "one-way traffic" in the career of a sportsperson.
After leading Punjab to an innings victory over Hyderabad on Monday, Harbhajan termed his recall to the India Test squad a big news, admitting that he wants to complete 100 Test matches. "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," he said.
Harbhajan - who has taken 406 Test wickets in a 98-Test career - said that it's never always smooth sailing for an international cricketer and that highs and lows are part of the game. "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," the spinner added.
"Some people who have not played cricket themselves have been writing crap stuff about me. But it can't be like one-way traffic. A good bowler should not be only judged by his wickets count. His skillful bowling methods should also be taken into account," Harbhajan said with a touch of disappointment.
"[But] I have learnt to make the moves rather than work for things to happen on their own. I have evolved as a cricketer in the last one year," he added.
Harbhajan was included to the 15-man squad announced for the first two Tests against England, beginning with the Ahmedabad Test on November 15. R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha are the other two specialist spinners part of the squad. Incidentally, Harbhajan's last Test was also against England at Nottingham during India's dismal tour last year in July-August.