I am a cricketer with a big heart: Harbhajan Singh

Published: Friday, June 12, 2009, 17:01 [IST]
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'I am a cricketer with a big heart'

London: Despite being the leading spinner of Indian team, modest Harbhajan Singh portayed himself as "an ordinary bowler".

Harbhajan who catapulted to the fame with his spectacular performance against Steve Waugh's Australia in 2002, feels there was nothing extraordinary about him but an open mind to go about his job as per the team's requirements.

"I would say I am an ordinary bowler but one with a really big heart and that's what has stood me in good stead in all these years," Harbhajan said in response to the extraordinary trust which his skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has on him.

"I have seen cricketers who were extremely talented but they didn't have heart," he said on the sidelines of a promotional campaign by a Swiss watch manufacturer, endorsed by Harbhajan, at the team hotel in central London.

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Dhoni haa high regard for the spinner, who has has aken 12 wickets from 14 matches at a stupendous economy rate of 6.50 in Twenty20 internationals, is the kind of presence in the line-up whom he can trust to bowl in the first six or the death over of an opposition's innings.

The variations in pace, the spin and the ability to read the batsman's mind is the hallmark of Harbhajan who is now the spearhead of the Indian spin attack.

Singh also lavidshed praise on left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, saying the youngster had talent and right attitude to the game.

"He has very good potential and is someone who is talented and doing well. If he keeps doing the basics right he has the potential to serve the country long," he said.


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