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Harbhajan enjoying the responsibility

The Indian off spinner is enjoying the role of an all rounder and know his responsibilities in the absence of Zaheer Khan

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Harbhajan Singh is enjoying his role as an all rounder.
Senior Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh enjoys bowling under pressure and is trying hard to be a genuine all-rounder.

How are you enjoying the number one status among the Indian bowlers?
It's a great feeling that I am number one since Zaheer Khan is out of action for the time being, I have to take some additional pressure. I am really enjoying the responsibility.

Are you really trying to become a genuine all-rounder?
Of course! I am trying to be a genuine all-rounder like Andrew Flintoff or Shaun Pollock. I have been really working hard at the nets with the bat. My aim now is to get one international hundred, be it in Test cricket or in One-day.

We saw you spending extra time for your batting even in Potchefstroom the other day?
I am really enjoying batting practice in South Africa. The balls are really coming up to the bat. Any stroke maker would like to bat on such wickets. I believe one can improve by practicing at the nets. Even Sachin Tendulkar religiously practices at the nets regularly. I learnt a lot from him as far as batting technique is concerned.

Could you anticipate that India will win the final at Colombo in the tri-nation tournament before coming here?
Why do you ask me this question? Is it because we lost to Sri Lanka before the final? We have just started the season. Naturally we needed some adjustments in the middle. We organized ourselves nicely before the all important final and finally won the trophy. Sri Lanka is a good side but we were better on that day. First of all Sachin Tendulkar played a great innings which paved the way for us.

You also bowled well but not mentioning.
I enjoyed my bowling. I was brought on in such a time that I had to take wickets to break the partnership. Frankly speaking, I really enjoyed bowling under pressure. We all wanted to win the Trophy in the beginning of the season. The whole team is motivated now to do well in the ICC Champions Trophy.

Meanwhile, You crossed the 300 Test wicket mark? What was your feeling then?
It's a great landmark, there was a time when I told myself that if I can play one Test match my life would be made. Now, I have crossed 300 landmark which only says I am really satisfied but I have plenty of cricket in me. My hunger is the same. I would like to bowl well and win matches for India.

Do you feel some extra satisfaction when you get Ricky Ponting's wicket?
Ricky is one of the finest batsman of the world. I am happy that I got his wicket many times. I would like to get him out again in future.

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