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Bhajji has high hopes from Twenty-20

Harbhajan Singh is prepared to trade economy for wickets when he makes his India comeback in Twenty-20 World Cup.

cricket Updated: Sep 10, 2007 14:08 IST
Ashish Shukla
Ashish Shukla

Harbhajan Singh is prepared to trade economy for wickets when he makes his India comeback in the inaugural Twenty-20 World Championships in South Africa next month.

"I wouldn't worry too much about economy in Twenty20 World Cup, you would go for runs anyway. If I pick up a few wickets along the way, I would be satisfied," says the Punjab off-spinner, one of the meanest bowlers in world cricket.

Harbhajan is aware that the last thing a bowler could do when playing in the latest form of the game is worry about conceding runs.

"Twenty20 is not for bowlers, especially spinners. Just 20 overs and full 10 wickets at their disposal, teams have a license to go after bowlers," the 27-year-old told PTI.

"With a maximum of four overs to bowl in a match, a bowler ought to have done well if his economy rate is 7-8 runs per over."

This from a bowler as miserly as one could have ever seen.

Harbhajan's economy rate of 4.15 per over is better than all but two of the top 10 bowlers in the ICC rankings - Shaun Pollock (3.71) and Muttiah Muralitharan (3.85).

His economy rate of 2.81 in Tests also compares favourably with other three great spinners of our times - Murali (2.40), Shane Warne (2.65) and Anil Kumble (2.66).

But that did not stop India's fifth highest wicket-taker, with a Test tally of 238 scalps, from being left out of the Test and ODI teams for the tour of UK.

First Published: Aug 19, 2007 16:31 IST