Cricinfo have done a ‘how will history judge him?’ kind of article in the wake of Harbhajan Singh’s 400th Test wicket. Seems weird. He’s still playing, right?
Harbhajan is now 31. He’s hardly shopping for his last pair of slippers. Graeme Swann had played about a dozen Tests by that age.
Maybe Harbhajan should have eased back a bit in the early days. He had two blinding years about a decade ago and everyone thought that was the norm. Set the bar low, Harbhajan. Give yourself room for manoeuvre. Trust someone who’s a past master at pacing himself.
Anyway, 400 wickets? There’s plenty more to come. He’s getting cannier even if he isn’t getting more dynamic and he’s always had that dickish streak that’s such a vital component of so many of the best bowlers.
To Harbhajan! [Raises empty glass and decides that, on balance, there probably isn’t time for another one. But no matter, the glass is raised all the same. But it doesn’t feel the same. It feels false. Turns out it does matter. Another one? No, too late. Bit of a limp toast then. Sorry about that Bhajji. Hope you understand. It’s not a reflection on you, it’s just a whole beer, just for one toast? You know. Seems a bit much. We are on our own at the minute. And it’s not like you read this website anyway. Why don’t you read this website, by the way? Is there some problem with it? Yeah? What kind of problem? Okay. Outside. Let’s settle this once and for all.]