Asked many people regarding my drop but didn’t get any reply: Harbhajan

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26 Dec 2021 | 08:23 AM
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Asked many people regarding my drop but didn’t get any reply: Harbhajan

The India spinner who has over 400 Test wickets to his name recently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket

India spinner Harbhajan Singh, who recently retired from all forms of cricket recently says that nobody answered any questions as to why he was dropped and with the right sort of support, he would have picked up more wickets.

Harbhajan, who made his debut in 1998, last played for India in a T20I in 2016. Overall, he picked up 417 wickets in Tests, 269 in ODIs and 25 in T20Is in a career spanning 18 years. “When someone takes over 400 wickets and then he doesn’t get a chance or he’s not been told the reason for the drop, many questions are raised in mind. I asked many people regarding my drop out from the team, but I didn’t get any reply,” Harbhajan said in an interaction with Dainik Jagran.

“It always feels nice to have that support. I’ll say that if I got the support at the right time, I would’ve retired much earlier after 500-550 wickets because I was 31 when I reached the 400-wicket mark. If I played 3-4 years more, I would’ve reached 500 wickets but that didn’t happen,” he added.

Despite picking up over 400 Test wickets, Harbhajan says he was dropped without being given a valid reason which according to him shows the 'sad story of Indian cricket.' "I asked them have I suddenly lost my appearance or my bowling has deteriorated or what has happened that you are not choosing me at all," the former off-spinner said.

"There was no answer to this. And if this can happen to the 400 wicket-taker, then no one will ask the 40 wicket-taker. This is a sad story of Indian cricket where the one who has achieved something, isn't even talked to properly after he is not needed."

Harbhajan has also backed his former skipper and current president of the BCCI to sort the alleged animosity within the Indian camp. "I know Ganguly, he is a very clean person. He is a solid person. He is a person who believes in unity. The credit for the change in the map of Indian cricket goes to him," said Harbhajan.

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