Harbhajan: it ain’t over yet

2010-12-17 00:00

INDIAN all-rounder Harbhajan Singh was adamant that his side was not out of the first Test just yet, despite being reduced to 133 for 9 by the fired-up Proteas.

Singh clubbed a typically belligerent 27 off 25 balls to briefly raise hopes of a rearguard, but he was then run out in peculiar fashion.

“My bat got stuck on the ground, which was a pity as I was feeling good,” Singh lamented.

Before that, Singh had clubbed a six and four boundaries, in a bid to rescue his side from a parlous state.

“The wicket was not easy, and I think the worst thing we did today was lose the toss,” Singh deadpanned.

Bristling as ever, he replied tersely when he was asked if the pressure was now on him and his fellow bowlers.

“We haven’t bowled a ball yet, so how can we be under pressure?”

The off-spinner was equally dismissive of claims that the side was severely hampered by the injury loss of paceman Zaheer Khan.

“This team does not rely on one player. I think everyone can perform well in the right conditions, and we will look to do that.

“There was a lot in that wicket, and credit to South Africa because they bowled very good areas,” he admitted.

Despite a grim start to the series, Singh remains optimistic that the Indians can mount a comeback.

“There should still be juice in the wicket when we bowl, and this team has showed that we like to be challenged,” he said resolutely.

“This match is not over yet.”

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