Nagpur: Ahead of the second one-day international against Australia, India"s combative off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has predicted a five-two score line in favour of his team, and added that India will top ODI rankings at the end of the seven match series.
"I believe if we play to our potential we will win 5-2. I am looking forward to the next six matches. It is very important for me to do well, I am most happy when the situation demands that I perform well for my country,'''' Harbhajan told The Daily Telegraph.
The wily wind-up merchant also says he "won''t back down'''' from any verbal warfare with the Aussies along the way.
Harbhajan, 29, turned a lifeless 50-over encounter into a thriller at Vadodara on Sunday with an action-packed 49 from 31 balls and as usual, the innings saw the Turbanator trading verbal blows with the Australians.
Harbhajan has troubled the Australians on and off the pitch since bowling India to victory with 32 wickets during three Tests here in 2001.
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Fierce rivalry escalated to animosity during the one-day series here in October 2007.
"They (Australians) like to dominate and intimidate, but I just give it back, just believe in yourself,'' Singh said.
"I always want to give it my best shot when bowling, batting or fielding so that is what I will be doing,'''' Harbhajan said.