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Out of favour, Bhajji answers critics

cricket Updated: May 28, 2013 01:24 IST
Kushal Phatarpekar
Kushal Phatarpekar
Hindustan Times
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It has been an eventful year for Harbhajan Singh. After being dropped from the India side, the off-spinner had an average Ranji season. Midway through the T20 league, came the news of him being ignored for the Champions Trophy.

Under the circumstances, not many Mumbai Indians fans would have pinned hopes on him. Harbhajan, though managed to make this season his best in the T20 league, scalping 24 wickets with an economy of 6.51, the best for any MI bowler.

Controversy threatened the bowler when the slap-gate fiasco resurfaced midway through the league, but Harbhajan showed he had matured since the incident.

Through the course of the league, Harbhajan managed to provide vital support to the MI bowling attack, picking up crucial wickets in the power-plays and middle overs.

Former India player Kiran More feels it is Harbhajan's ability to adapt to the demands of the team that have helped him deliver the goods. "His performance has shown how he has moulded his game to suit his team's requirements. It is proof of his character," said More.

Speaking after Mumbai Indians’ victory on Sunday evening, Harbhajan said his performances were good enough to help him make a comeback. "I have been able to prove my critics wrong. Hope those critics have better things to do now."