~~Standing up to Kumble, Harbhajan most tough~~

Published: Saturday, May 22, 2004, 22:18 [IST]
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Ludhiana:India's Test wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel feels that standing up to spinners like Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh is the most difficult task as the duo has tremendous variety in their bowling armory.

"It is a tedious task to stand behind the wickets since there is more variety in the bowling when these two spinners bowl," Patel said.

The 19-year-old stumper, who names Australian gloveman Adam Gilchrist as his idol, said he was currently concentrating on improving his batting to break into the Indian One-day squad.

"It is a plus point if a wicketkeeper is among runs."

Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravid has been doubling up as a wicketkeeper in the shorter version of the game since the World Cup in South Africa last year to add more depth to the batting line-up.

Parthiv said he had gained a lot of experience from the Pakistan tour as he got a chance to face the likes of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed Sami.

The stumper, who was in Ludhiana on a promotional visit, said he was presently preparing for the forthcoming Asia Cup scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in July.

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