After Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, a former Indian off-spin bowler, has targeted the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) (MS Dhoni). Bhajji claims that if he had more opportunities to play, he would have taken an additional 100 to 150 wickets.
Harbhajan Singh, known in Team India as ‘Turbanator,’ announced his retirement from all forms of cricket last month. In his Test career, Bhajji took 417 wickets in 103 Test matches. He took the 5 wicket hall ten times in his name during this time. Harbhajan Singh has 269 wickets in 236 One-Day Internationals.
When asked if you took 417 wickets in Tests, he replied that the figure could have been as high as 617. It would have been a little more supportive if you had been with BCCI or the environment around you. ‘Look, luck has been very supportive of me,’ Bhajji said in an interview with Zee News. However, the circumstances surrounding it were not favorable. Perhaps he was completely opposed to me. Because of how I was bowling and how quickly I was moving. When someone takes 400 wickets at the age of 31, I can guarantee that if he continues to play cricket for the next 4 or 5 years, he will have taken 100 or 150 more wickets, depending on my level.
For a long time, Harbhajan Singh was the Indian team’s number one spinner. His place in the team was not confirmed after the 2011 World Cup. After that, he only appeared in a few more matches for India. He was left out of the Champions Trophy squad in 2013. He was also left out of the World Cup squad in 2015. Despite being named to the Indian team for the 2016 T20 World Cup in India, he did not get a chance to play.
‘The selection of the team is always beyond the captain and coach,’ Bhajji says. Yes, Dhoni was captain at the time, but I believe the selection went ahead of him. Some board members were also involved in this to a large extent. I was not wanted by these officers. The captain can back up the player in such a situation, but the captain can never be above the BCCI. Officials on the board have always loomed larger than the captain, coach, or team. In those days, it was difficult to tell who was on your side and who was not. Many people assumed that my Test career was coming to an end. They acted in accordance with their beliefs. When I was playing cricket, I used to think it was odd that these things were behind me. If I take 100 wickets one day and am dropped the next, the regret will linger and the soreness will linger for the rest of my life.
Bhajji had previously stated that Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the reason for his abrupt departure from Team India, but he had not been informed of the reason.