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India will beat New Zealand 5-0: Harbhajan

February 12, 2009 15:16 IST

Ace India spinner Harbhajan Singh declared he has completely recovered from the hamstring injury that had kept him out of the Sri Lanka series and is raring to bowl on the tour of New Zealand.

"I have fully recovered from my injury and fit to join the upcoming New Zealand Tour," he said on Thursday.

Asked whether he would have to make adjustments in his bowling style on the pace-friendly New Zealand wickets, Harbhajan replied, "I don't know what type of pitches we are going to get in New Zealand, but basics always remain the same. I will try to adjust myself to the changing condition.

"My responsibility as a senior bowler is to make a good combination of spinners, and both Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra are good bowlers and have already shown their talent."

He expressed confidence that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team will whitewash the Kiwis in the ODI series and topple Australia and South Africa in the ICC ODI Championship table.

"I am sure that we will beat New Zealand 5-0 to become the number one team in the world," he said.

On the upcoming Indian Premier League, he said his team, Mumbai Indians, is a strong contender to win the championship, as it boasts of big names like Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kyle Mills and JP Duminy.

Asked about the bad memories of last edition's IPL, when he was banned after the slapgate row with fellow-India teammate S Sreesanth, Harbhajan said, "I want to forget that incident as it was my blunder, which will not be repeated in my whole life."

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