Mumbai: It has been an extraordinary 11 months for Harbhajan Singh. The journey began with a maiden Test century against New Zealand at Ahmedabad, quickly followed by a second. A few months later, he nearly spun India to a maiden Test series win in South Africa. On April 2, he lifted the World Cup. On July 7, he completed 400 Test wickets.
Life came full circle on the tour of England. It's a place that the Turbanator has never enjoyed. In five Tests there, he has taken 14 wickets at an average of close to 50.00 runs per wicket. Criticism has been flying thick and fast, but that hasn't perturbed the off-spinner. In fact, some section of the media even speculated that he faked the injury to avoid further embarrassment in England. Harbhajan, who returned home after intense rehabilitation for a career-threatening abdomen injury last week, is ready for a rebirth.
"I am 100 per cent fit and raring to go for all the cricket ahead. These are valuable life lessons, and I take these things in my stride. I don't get upset by what people say," Harbhajan told MiD DAY yesterday. The 31-year old, who picked up a rare abdominal strain during the Nottingham Test against England in July, prematurely returned home from the tour. "I have worked really hard at the National Cricket Academy. I am looking forward to the Champions League T20, and also the coming home series (against England and West Indies)," he added.