received long ropes. Then he would often be dropped for a home series on the basis of his ineffectiveness abroad. Invariably, the replacement spinner — welcomed by tailor-made tracks — would be an instant hit. As for Harbhajan Singh, he would be written off once again. With age, the offie has taken this criticism in his stride.
“Everyone has got opinions. Even I’ve got my opinion about others, it’s not that I’m right all time. You’ve got to live with it,” he says.
In 2012, dropped while on 98 Tests, Harbhajan Singh went for a County stint and returned a better bowler. Only to be drafted directly into the T20 squad. He again seemed flat in his only Test against England. Now Harbhajan Singh is back in the mix, this time on the back of a modest domestic season for Punjab and also his Rest of India showing.
With 81 wickets from 12 Tests against Australia, he usually saves the best for the Aussies. Besides, it’s also the venue where he played ‘that’ Test.