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Updated: October 5, 2009 19:04 IST

Harbhajan confident of tri-series win in SL

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Harbhajan Singh. Photo: K.R. Deepak
The Hindu Harbhajan Singh. Photo: K.R. Deepak

Harbhajan Singh says India is a “talented side that has beaten all the countries in the last two years,” and believes it should win the three-nation Compaq Cup ODI competition to be played in Sri Lanka from September 8 to 14.

Speaking to the media after unveiling the “digital trophy” in the Capital on Monday, the off-spinner said: “We won the series in New Zealand…I don’t know what cup that was…I don’t remember the name. We have also beaten Sri Lanka in the past. So we are confident of doing well in this competition.

“We did not do well in the T20 World Cup but we play to win every time. We all are keen to do well and take the confidence into the ICC Champions Trophy,” said Harbhajan, dismissing suggestions that the Indian squad was not the same without Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan.

“We have bowlers like Ashish Nehra and Ishant Sharma and experienced players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh to offset the absence of the two players. The younger players in the team are ever so eager to contribute. If we play to our potential, we will win the cup,” declared Harbhajan.

When asked for his views on England’s triumph in the Ashes series, Harbhajan said, “Without Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne, Australia does not have the look of invincibility. But credit should be given to England. They played better cricket.”

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