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Zimbabwe tour of India - Harbhajan is an ideal partner: Elated Kumble

Published: Monday, February 25, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Nagpur: After grabbing another handful of wickets, ace leg spinner Anil Kumble on Monday said bowling in tandem with Harbhajan Singh provided him with an extra edge, which made all the difference."Like in batting, you need a good partner in bowling too. And Harbhajan is an ideal partner," an elated Kumble said after being adjudged the man-of-the-match award for his nine-wicket haul in the first Test against Zimbabwe, which India won by an innings and 101 runs."It was a good wicket to bowl on especially on the last two days," Kumble said. "Our batsmen put a huge total on the board which helped us to put a lot of pressure on Zimbabwe batsmen," he addedSkipper Saurav Ganguly was all praise for his two spinners. "They are world class bowlers and they proved it yet again," he said."Anil is a top-class performer.

He has done very well in the past and he is an asset to the side. In the first innings, Zaheer Khan also bowled exceptionally well. Zaheer and Kumble stuck to a good line which helped us to restrict Zimbabwe in the first innings," Ganguly said. Asked about the next Test starting in Delhi on Thursday, Ganguly said the Ferozshah Kotla had always yielded a lot of runs and he was looking forward to winning the second Test also. "I would like to win the series 2-0 and may be the One-day series 5-0 as well though Zimbabweans are very good One-day players," he said.

On all-rounder Sanjay Bangar, who hit a brilliant unbeaten century in this Test, Ganguly said, "He looks a very good cricketer and I hope he keeps on performing for the team."When we batted, we needed good contributions from our batsmen and I think all of them, especially Sachin Tendulkar, Shiv Sunder Das, Sanjay Bangar and Rahul Dravid, rose to the occasion to put up a huge total. "Zimbabwe captain Stuart Carlisle said it was hard to save a Test after conceding a 250-run lead especially against top class bowlers like Kumble and Harbhajan.

"We still have another Test match coming up in Delhi and five One-day matches in the next 15 days and we would like to improve our performance there," he said. "Our first innings batting made a lot of difference. We could have scored more runs in the first innings. In the next Test we will have to play very hard and try to level the series. Our batsmen have to improve against quality spin bowling," he said. PTI

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