Kolkata, June 7 (IANS) Excited to be back into the Indian team, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Sunday heaped lavish praise on Test skipper Virat Kohli for his aggression and intention to win.
“Virat is a match-winner, someone who is very competitive. No matter what the situation is, he always wants to win which is a great quality as a player. Having him as a captain, certainly helps the team a lot as he is always looking for the win,” Harbhajan told media persons on the eve of the team’s departure to Bangladesh where they will play one Test match and three One-Day Internationals (ODIs).
“I have played lot with him, he is very positive and he is someone who is always there for the team. He wants to take up challenges and wants to finish up the game, which is very important form the team’s point of view.”
Harbhajan said the Indian team will benefit from having such a positive-minded skipper.
“Having a captain who has so much of energy, is a very positive sign. The way Indian team played in Australia was brilliant. Though we didn’t win the Test match that intent was there and that’s what Virat Kohli brings to the table. Whatever he does on the field, he does it to win the game,” said the “Turbanator”.
Making a comeback to the team after more than two years, Harbhajan said he will continue playing his role of helping India win matches.
“My role would be the same what it was five years back – to win games for India and help other bowlers in the team. We need to work as a unit and it is not about me there are other bowlers and we all would look to back each other,” he said.
“That is what I have been doing while I was playing with Anil Kumble, Amit Mishra and other bowlers. The goal is the same- to win for India,” said the man with 413 Test wickets.
“I am very excited and hopefully I can contribute to the team’s success.”
Harbhajan said he was also looking forward to hunt in pair with fellow offie Ravichandran Ashwin.
“Bowling with Ashwin will be good, his motive as well as mine are to win the game for India. We are going there as a team and we need to push everyone together towards the direction of victory,” added Harbhajan.