Sachin-Viru''s stay in first 15 overs will be key: Harbhajan

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New Delhi, Feb 2 (PTI) Strong starts by the opening duoof Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag would be key toIndia''s success at the forthcoming World Cup, off-spinnerHarbhajan Singh said today.

The feisty 30-year-old off-spinner said the feat of the1983 World Cup, when Kapil Dev and Co stunned one and all bylifting the coveted trophy, inspires him a lot.

"I am always reminded of the 1983 World Cup, have seenthe clippings so many times. This time around, if Sachin andSehwag stay together at the crease for the first 15 overs, itwould be very difficult for the opposition to come back intothe match," Harbhajan told reporters here today.

Harbhajan''s bonding with Tendulkar is well documented andthe ''turbanator'' is hoping that the Mubaikar continues hishugely successful pairing with the Delhi dazzler in thequadrennial extravaganza, starting February 19 in Bangladesh.

"Both Sachin and Sehwag are great cricketers and I hopethey help us win the World Cup. Like all Indians, I am alsolooking forward to a good show in the World Cup," He said.

The off-spinner was in the Capital to support a campaignagainst rode rage and drunken driving but refused to endorsethose who tried to draw a parallel between rode rage andsledging in cricket.

"Sledging is part and parcel of the game. It just adds abit of momentum to the game and, as a cricketer, we don''tcarry anything off the field. Road rage is quite harmful andit hurts you for life long," he said.

To the surprise of quite a few, Harbhajan also said thatneither he nor does team India drink.

Asked about Andrew Symonds, one of the the protagonistsof the infamous ''Monkey-gate'' and with whom he will be sharingthe Mumbai Indians dressing room in the fourth edition of theIndian Premier League (IPL), Harbhajan gave the impressionthat the hatchet has been buried.

"I am looking forward to winning the IPL along with him,"Harbhajan said.

Symonds and troubles often go hand in hand and askedabout the burly Australian''s conduct off the field that had animpact on his professional career, Harbhajan was guarded.

"What Symonds has done with his career is his personalchoice and I don''t want to talk about any individuals," wasthe offie''s reply when a journo asked him about Symonds,probably keeping in mind the occasion.

Talking about rode rage, Harbhajan felt that it needs tobe tackled as soon as possible.

"A lot of people in Punjab get involve in rode rage andit is very dangerous," he said.

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