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'Windies tour will fire World Cup dream'

india Updated: Jul 11, 2006 11:47 IST
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India may have lost the ODI series against Brian Lara's side but star off-spinner Harbhajan Singh believes the experience of playing in the Caribbean conditions will come handy when the side visits the West Indies again for next year's World Cup.

Harbhajan also felt that he and his senior spin colleague Anil Kumble have also dispelled the myth that spinners are barely effective outside the sub-continent and admitted the side missed Sachin Tendulkar.

The turbanator said his performance in the series, coupled with Kumble's feat of 23 wickets, had silenced the critics who were saying that spinners were not effective on foreign soil.

"And the experience we gathered during the series will help me to play a more effective role in the World Cup," he said.

On his own performance, Harbhajan said, "The spell in which I took five wickets in four overs was really satisfactory but I think my best spell is yet to come as I continue to improve further and achieve further for the country."

The attacking offie also felt that Team India missed the presence of Sachin Tendulkar in the series.

"After all, the sheer presence of a legend like Sachin Tendulkar can boost the morale of the team and create pressure on the rivals," he explained, adding India could have done even better had Tendulkar been in the ranks.

Harbhajan pointed to Tendulkar's performance for Lashings World XI in London and said it's a positive sign of fitness and batting form of the Little Champion.

The Punjab spinner was also impressed by Brian Lara's captaincy and said the southpaw's leadership made all the difference between even though most people predicted it to be a one-sided affair with India pounding the hosts.

"The West Indies team comprises players from different islands and it's not very easy to club together the boys from different parts into a winning team. But the inspiration and guidance from Lara made West Indies a force against us," he added.

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