India have plenty of match-winners: Harbhajan Singh

Ashish Shukla

New Delhi, Feb 9 (PTI) A game-changer in his own right,mercurial off-spinner Harbhajain Singh says India is a teamfull of match-winners and even less-talked-about players suchas Ashish Nehra would be seen turning around games in theupcoming World Cup in the sub-continent.

"Good thing is, everyone in this team has won matches forus in recent times. So India is in business even with its lastmen," remarked Harbhajan who is beginning to peak to hispotential ahead of the mega event.

Harbhajan cites the example of Ashish Nehra who remainsmost under-rated in the eyes of the critics.

"Ashish shares the new ball, bowls in middle overs and iseconomical even in slog overs. He has picked up 59 wickets inthe last two years in ODIs and it''s no joke. His wicket of ABde Villiers in Johannesburg turned the tide in our favour. Yetnobody talks about him," he explained.

Harbhajan actually sees such ignorance and indifferenceon the part of critics as advantage to India for it keepslesser-known forces of India in prime shape.

"Personally for me, the high is to turn out in Indianjersey. That some critics have made a career out ofcriticising me doesn''t upset me now," remarked Harbhajan wholaughs off the suggestion that his ''man-of-series'' act againstNew Zealand � 10 wickets and 2 centuries � was still not quiteworthy in the eyes of his baiters.

"These purists don''t realise that flighting the ballisn''t such a clever idea now. You have men like AB deVilliers, Mahela Jayawardene and Younis Khan who would send aflighted delivery soaring into the orbit.

"You need to plan against batsmen, tailor yourself tosituations and conditions. You need to know why the length onIndian pitches need to be fuller, why a little short of lengthon foreign pitches can aid your bounce.

"Give me some credit for knowing how to spin a ball. I amnearing 400 Test wickets," he said. .

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