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Harbhajan surprised by Kumble, Warne's exploits in IPL

He is undoubtedly India's leading spinner at the moment, but Harbhajan Singh is still in awe of Anil Kumble and Shane Warne's ability of spinning a web around the best of the batsmen in the world.

cricket Updated: Apr 22, 2009 20:52 IST

He is undoubtedly India's leading spinner at the moment, but Harbhajan Singh is still in awe of Anil Kumble and Shane Warne's ability of spinning a web around the best of the batsmen in the world.

The 28-year-old off-spinner, who has shouldered the task of spearheading India's spin department after Kumble's retirement last year, said slow bowlers' success in the ongoing second edition of the IPL in South African conditions has proved wrong the perception that Twenty20 cricket was not meant for tweakers.

"When this concept was in the pipeline the biggest threat was on the existence of the spinners as the format was not meant to be spinner supportive. To be more precise, the format was thought as the killer to the art of spin bowling. But look how it has taken a 360 turn for our creed. Now the spinning section of the team plays the pivotal role in this new avtaar of cricket," Harbhajan wrote in his blog on 'bigadda'.

Interestingly, in the first few days of the cash-rich Twenty20 event, spinners have already played a significant role for their respective teams on the pacy and bouncy pitches of South Africa.

Kumble, Warne, Daniel Vettori and Harbhajan himself -- playing for different IPL franchises -- have posed serious problems for the opposition batsmen.