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Harbhajan wants to improve as a batsman too

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Mar 28 (UNI) After Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh might be the new allrounder in Team India ranks with the offie, who top scored with with 37 and then grabbed a career-best five for 31 to spin India to a 39-run win against England, saying he would like to see himself batting even better in the coming days.

Harbhajan's well-paced 37 helped India cross the 200-run mark and give some semblance of respectability to the Indian score after the top order failed again.

''I wanted to bat till the end and was talking to (M S) Dhoni that we have to rotate the strike and avoid playing our shots early.

As you can see from today's match, it really helps if the lower order contributes with the bat.'' ''We have been working on our batting -- all the lower order batsmen -- and I'm happy with the way I batted. I have been working hard on my batting and would like to keep improving as a batsman,'' Harbhajan, Man of the Match of today's tie, told reporters after the match.

On his career-best haul, that came while defending a total as meager as 203, Harbhajan said Yuvraj Singh bowling at the other end helped his cause.

''Yuvraj was keeping it tight at the other end and the pressure was building on England. It really helped.'' He also felt that playing sweep shots invited perils for the English batsmen, with three of the visiting batsmen perishing in the process.

''When you play the sweep shot, you are vulnerable to be leg before or bowled out as well if you misread the line,'' he said, advising the English batsmen to avoid the shot.

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