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Bhajji made the right decision

cricket Updated: Feb 21, 2010 00:03 IST
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There have been several times in my career when I have considered the option of giving up one form of the game to prolong my career but I have never been able to take the thought seriously.

There is no doubt in my mind that Test cricket remains one of the greatest sporting contests, but the prospect of not being involved in the ODI series which starts today is not a thought I enjoy. I have always been excited about all international cricket and nothing has changed.

My future will be decided by my body. Other all-rounders have listened to the warnings from their aching bodies and made adjustments to their playing schedules but, fortunately, I'm still pretty much in one piece and enjoying my cricket as much as ever. When my body starts talking 'seriously' to me then I will listen!

I have had mixed emotions about the captaincy in the past but I have no doubts in my mind now. Although it is a job I have never sought I am happy to do it in a stop-gap capacity. I understand the need for Graeme and the team to have a regular vice-captain in all forms of the game and there weren't too many names to choose from.

We are aware of the security threats which have been made against sports teams and sporting events, including the Commonwealth Games. Naturally we would all prefer to play without any doubts in our minds but I suppose that is the nature of the world we live in. Some players are more nervous than others but we have a good security structure in place.

It was interesting to hear that Harbhajan will be missing some of the series to attend his sister's wedding. I'm sure there will be some 'traditionalists' who will criticise his decision but I'm all in favour of it. If he worked in a bank would he take time off to be at his sister's side? Yes, he would, so why should it be any different because he plays cricket for his country?

We have fresh faces in the squad but one man who Indian crowds have seen a lot of in the last two weeks will still be here courtesy of Graeme's finger injury. It's hard to believe that Hashim Amla wasn't in the original squad but we are spoilt for choice with opening batsmen like Herschelle Gibbs and Loots Bosman. It took a little while to recover emotionally from the Test series — the adrenalin pumps for at least 48 hours after 10 days of intense competition. But it's out of our system now and all our focus and energy is on the one-day series.