~~Keeping to Kumble is the most difficult task~~

Published: Friday, March 17, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Indian cricket's new sensation, today admitted that keeping to 500-wicket man Anil Kumble is ''one of the most difficult things to do''.

However, Dhoni said he was improving with experience and the more he keeps to the famed leggie, the better he would get.

Dhoni was speaking at a function, organised by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, which has signed him as their brand ambassador for two years for an undisclosed amount.

He, was given a petro card as part of being the new entrant into the Bharat Petroleum family.

The dashing 24-year-old player also said his stumping of Steve Harmison in England's second innings at Mohali off the bowling of Kumble was one of the most difficult feats as the ball was going down the leg side and besides he was unsighted for most of the time because of the batsman's height.

''Anyway, the dismissal ended England's resistance and helped us achieve victory faster.'' A self-confessed 'bike freak' who owns a Scorpio and Mitsubishi Pajero, ''Mahi'' said he ''just needed a trim'' and has hence trimmed his locks besides reverting them back to their natural colour, black.

He also quipped in Hindi ''Humne Holi nahi kheli, lekin balo ke saath khela'' (I did not play Holi, but instead did it with my hair).

He reiterated he would play the way he does rather than succumb to the pressure of expectations and change his batting style.

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