National T20 tournament is as important as IPL: Harbhajan

Mumbai: Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels that National 20 Championship is as important as the cash-rich Indian Premier League as it gives domestic players a chance to impress the national selectors as well as get an IPL contract.

"This tournament is as important as IPL as this is where you see a lot of domestic cricketers, who are not part of IPL, in action. It offers them a good chance to impress and get into IPL," Harbhajan said after leading his team to a comfortable win over Assam.

"This is a good tournament for people like me to prepare for IPL (starting on April 4). This is not a warm-up tournament but a very serious tournament," said veteran of 98 Tests.

Harbhajan, who has been out-of-favour since coming back after the second Test match in England due to abdominal injury, is itching to get back into the national team. "I am feeling good. I am trying to make a comeback into the national team. I am enjoying my captaincy and I am also bowling well. I am doing all I can to the best of my ability. Coming back from injury is not easy," said the off spinner who plays for Mumbai Indians in IPL.

Asked about longtime teammate Yuvraj Singh who has recently finished his cycle of chemotherapy and has been discharged from the medical centre in Indianapolis, the feisty offie said that this battle against cancer has been stylish southpaw`s toughest.

"He has won so many matches for India but this is the biggest match of them all. When he comes back to India, we want to welcome him in a big way," he said about Yuvraj, the man of the tournament in last year`s World Cup triumph.