Nothing wrong in experimenting: Harbhajan

Published: Saturday, September 30, 2006, 1:20 [IST]
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New Delhi: The permutations and combinations applied by Messers Greg Chappell and Co might have fallen flat in Malaysia tri-series but off spinner Harbhajan Singh finds nothing wrong in the experimentation policy and exudes confidence it will help Team India in their world cup campaign.

''The basic idea behind shuffling the batting order is to see at which position does a player optimise his talent,'' Harbhajan said today on the sidelines of signing a deal with Iconix, a talent management firm.

''Besides, we all should be able to play anywhere depending upon the team's requirement. Greg (Chappell) and Rahul (Dravid) want to see whether we are prepared to take up the responsibility.

''They want the best combination to go into the world cup,'' he said and, when asked specifically, added, ''There's nothing wrong with the policy as I see it and I am satisfied with it.'' Admitting that the team failed to meet expectations in the one-dayers of late, Harbhajan said the 'Men in Blue' were keen on making amends in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.

''We did not play that well in Malaysia. We are all disappointed about it,'' he said.

''But you can't keep thinking about that all the time. It could happen to any team so there is no need to panic. If we just keep performing to our potential, which I'm sure we will, we will be back to the winning ways.

''We have done very well in the Champions Trophy in the past and, since we are playing at home with hopefully a lot of support behind us this time, I'm sure we will give our best,'' the offie said.

Harbhajan expressed satisfaction over his performance in the recent past and said he was looking forward to continue it.

''I'm happy the way I've been performing with the ball and the bat. Not just in Malaysia but for the last one year, I've done well in one-day cricket,'' he said.

In the hind sight, Harbhajan felt he could have been a little more cautious and responsible with his batting.

''I know I could have done better with the bat. But I feel I'm maturing now and playing according to the team's need. I'm working hard on my batting,'' he said but maintained that bowling well was his priority and contribution with the bat came second.

On beleagured Irfan Pathan, he said the left-armer had the potential to bounce back.

Meanwhile, the four-year deal with Iconix for an undisclosed sum puts Harbhajan Singh among top five Indian cricketers in terms of sponsorship remuneration. The spinner is the second cricketer, after Sachin Tendulkar, to be signed by the company.

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