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Sunday, Dec 08, 2019

'India looking to Dravid-VVS magic'

A struggling India is expecting Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman to rework the magic of their partnership in the 2001 Kolkata Test win to save the series, said off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

cricket Updated: Aug 10, 2008 22:16 IST


A struggling India is expecting Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman to rework the magic of their partnership in the 2001 Kolkata Test win to save the series deciding third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka, said off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Sunday.

"We are looking to have good partnership in the morning. I hope Laxman and Dravid play what they played in Kolkata (in 2001) and put us in a good situation. And from there if we win the game it will be a great win for Indian cricket," Harbhajan said.

India were 161-5, with just 14-run lead, in their second innings at the end of third day of the match.

Harbhajan tried to put up a brave face, saying India could still win the match if Dravid and Laxman play a steady game tomorrow.

"We are not out (of the match). There is still a big hope on Laxman and Rahul. They are very capable of getting 100s and and my hope. Keeping my fingers crossed. Both of them get a brilliant hundred tomorrow and we have some sort of target to defend them. Let us see," he added.

Asked what would be a good total on this wicket, he said "Good total would be 400".

Harbhajan Singh, however, admitted that Indians once again failed to click as a batting unit.

"Obviously, it is a little disappointment that as a batting unit we did not perform what we should actually have. These are the guys who have won games for India. It is just a matter of not clicking perhaps," he said.

The bowler said India needed a good start but there was no point brooding over what could not be helped now.

On injuries to Sachin Tendulkar, Laxman and Ishant Sharma, he said "I think they have been in lot of pain. It is great the way they have come out to bat. They felt it was important from the team's point of view that they should bat. Hats off to them.

"It is important to have your four bowlers fit when you are playing a Test match. Losing Ishant in the middle of the game was a set back. I think there were only three bowlers when we were bowling trying to get wickets on this flat wicket.

"Ishant is little better than what he was. And I hope he gets better and he bowl in the second innings."

Asked if he was unhappy at the decisions for India in the Referral system, he said "To be very honest I did not check the referral system. But whatever it is. It is good for the game. I believe it is very fair."

Harbhajan felt Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis was lucky that he could pick wickets.

"I wish I could pick his luck, the wicket taking luck. We all bowl the same sort of delivery. Obviously he is new in international cricket. The more the people play him the more they will get to see him.

"More people will learn about him. Obviously he got some variation and every ball have variations. Basically I would like to steal his luck. Wicket taking luck," he said.