World Cup triumph will do nicely, says Harbhajan

World Cup triumph will do nicely, says Harbhajan

World Cup triumph will do nicely, says Harbhajan

The seniormost bowler in the side, Harbhajan has been a key member of the team that won the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa and did his bit to help India become the number one Test side in the world after their 2-0 win over Sri Lanka in the recent home series.

Looking ahead, the 29-year-old spinner said, winning the 2011 would be the icing on the cake. “We’ve won the Twenty20 World Cup, we are the number one Test side and now if we can win the 2011 World Cup, that would be a great thing for Indian cricket and all of us who will be part of that triumphant squad,” Harbhajan told PTI.

“I will be on top of the world if it happens,” added the spinner who played a big role in India’s recent ascent.

“It would have been nice if we could win the 50-over cricket World Cup in 2003. We could not win it but I have great memories of that tournament (where India reached final) of playing some really great matches along with some great players. It will be very exciting if we can win the 2011 World Cup,” the Punjab spinner said.

At the same time, Harbhajan insists it would be far from a stroll in the park. “It would require special efforts and special performances. I will be very happy if we can achieve that. It would be very satisfying,” said the country’s most successful off-spinner, who has been rested for the two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men recorded India’s 100th Test win against Sri Lanka in Kanpur and followed it up with the triumph in Mumbai that made them the number one Test team in the world.

Harbhajan said milestones did not come overnight and lot of toil went into it. “Obviously, it is exciting times for Indian cricket. We have all worked very hard for this occasion and we are really happy wherever we are right now.

“Everyone in the team has contributed. Bowlers regularly took wickets, batsmen scored truckload of runs... We had the number one position on ours mind for a while and it’s great to be number one.

The consensus is that India will have to work hard to retain their number one Test ranking in the limited opportunities they have. Harbhajan, however, has a different take on it.

According to him, India needed to maintain their standards and not put themselves under unnecessary pressure.

“When you play for the country, you always work hard and want to win every game. We don’t really want to get into that pressure zone, thinking we have to do this and that to remain the number one spot.

“If we can play to our potential, we can win a lot of games and the ranking will then take care of itself.

“We just look to do whatever we are doing, rather than focussing on the result -- we look to play well, work hard, try to improve every game and be happy with the result.”