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India spinner Harbhajan Singh has announced that he believes he was the best Indian spinner in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).
Singh, who played for the Mumbai Indians, once again voiced his frustration at being ignored for the national team’s upcoming tour of England.
“I do feel ignored and it’s surely not a good feeling,” he told PTI. “Yes, it hurts when you are not selected for India. My performance in this year’s IPL is for everyone to see. I can do what’s there in my control. But let me assure you, I might get hurt by the snub but it would not stall my comeback bid. Among the Indian spinners, I believe that I bowled the best.”
Singh last played for India in March 2013 and added that he was the driving force behind Mumbai’s bowling attack.
“There was no Mitch (Johnson) this year and Lasith (Malinga) had international commitments after first 10 games,” he said. “So I had more responsibility this year as the senior-most bowler.
“I flighted the ball and was slower through the air. In 14 IPL matches, there were 10 games where I went for less than 24 runs. There was only one match in which I went for more than 35 runs and that was against Rajasthan Royals.”
The 33-year-old finished this year’s IPL with the third-best economy rate.
“What satisfied me was that on most occasions, I was able to make the batsman play the ball where I wanted him to play,” he said. “From grip to execution, it felt good. It reinstated my belief that I am good enough to play at this level for another five years.”
Singh added that he does not only see himself as a bowler since he has scored more than 1,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket.
“When I watch my matches on TV, I see that beside my name they show a ball which means I am a specialist bowler,” he said. “I have more than 1000 runs (1043 runs) in T20 coming in at Nos 8 and 9. I have a strike-rate of 142-plus over 164 matches. How am I clubbed only as a specialist bower?”