Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Wednesday said his side will come back strongly after two consecutive defeats and play their best game against South Africa in the third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.
The Proteas have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series but Harbhajan said winning the inconsequential tie will surely boost the side’s confidence ahead of the One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and Test matches. “We want to play our best game tomorrow. Once we start winning, we will be a very difficult side to beat,” Harbhajan told reporters at the pre-match media conference.
“Every game is a challenge for us from now on. Yes, we lost the series and we did not play the way we should have but Eden is a special ground and if we win tomorrow, it would be a massive boost for us leading into the Tests and One-Dayers,” said the veteran bowler.
Harbhajan, who has some great memories of Eden Gardens, including a hat-trick that helped India put a halt on Australia’s 16 consecutive Test wins in 2001, said the ground is like home to him. “Eden Gardens is a special place, it is like coming home! Whenever I have played here I have had excellent memories,” said the 35-year-old.
Harbhajan also believes the spinners will have a major role to play in the T20 World Cup which will be held here in India next year. “Spinners will have a major role to play in the T20 World Cup, the pitches here are slow and they will be successful. If you see the IPL and other tournaments here, spinners have always picked up wickets and have been able to put the brakes on the scoring,” he said.
Harbhajan, who has 417 Test wickets and 263 ODI scalps, added that he would preferably retire from the iconic venue playing a Test match. “I would want to retire from here preferably after playing a Test match,” he said.
Lastly he said that veteran cricket administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya, who passed away on September 20, will be ‘missed’.