A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Bowlers should not only be judged on the number of wickets they take, says Harbhajan Singh

Singh is confident that he will perform well throughout the Test series against England

India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has lashed out at all of his critics, saying that bowlers should not only be judged on the number of wickets they pick up in each match.

Singh also noted that the year he spent out of the Indian team has allowed him to become a better bowler.

Speaking exclusively to PTI, Singh said: “A good bowler should not be only judged by his wickets count, his skillful bowling methods should also be taken into account, his (a spinner’s) role changes according to the wicket. Some people who have not played cricket themselves have been writing crap stuff about me.”

Singh has represented India in 98 Test matches and is looking forward to completing his 100th during the upcoming four-Test series against England.

“It would be nice to complete 100 Test matches, I just can’t wait to get into whites for India against England,” Singh added.

Despite not taking many wickets in domestic matches this year, Singh still believes his skills as a cricketer have improved.

“During the time I was out of the Indian team I got time to work on different aspects of the game. I captained Punjab team and also the Mumbai Indians. I think I have become a good listener and can handle things on the field in a better way,” Singh said.

With the first Test between India and England set to begin on November 15 at Ahmedabad, Singh stated that he hopes the pitch will be a spinner’s paradise.

“The wickets should have everything for everyone. When Dhoni says that he has not seen any spinner getting the ball bounce in the rib cage area of the batsman in the recent past, I agree with him. I would love to bowl on a wicket which has both turn and bounce, so that I can also bowl in the rib area of the batsman from outside the off stump,” Singh added.

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