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  Thursday, 22 March, 2001, 11:39 GMT
Harbhajan thanks Kumble
Harbhajan Singh has taken 32 wickets in the series
Harbhajan Singh has taken 32 wickets in the series
India's new spin sensation Harbhajan Singh applauded the contribution of the injured Anil Kumble towards helping him dominate the series victory against Australia.

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Harbhajan enjoyed unexpected success with 32 wickets in the three games, including career best figures of eight for 84 in the final Test to be named man of the series. Just for good measure he hit the winning runs too.

He took on the burden of being India's main strike bowler after Kumble, one of the world's best spinners, was forced out of the series with a shoulder injury.

"Anil Kumble helped me a lot in the training camp," said Harbhajan.

"He told me a lot of things about line and length."

Samir Dinghe celebrates after Harbhajan hits the winning run
Samir Dinghe celebrates the winning run

Kumble had been considered central to India's hopes of winning the series but the leg-spinner was ruled out following shoulder surgery. He has taken 276 wickets, with only Kapil Dev having taken more for India.

Harbhajan, however, filled the void as he took 13 wickets in the second test and 15 in the decider.

"Right from the start of this series, I have tried to bowl a tight line to the Australians so that they are unable to make too many runs," he said.

"The ball turned well and once I got my line right in the second test, it made a lot of difference.

"I did not think I'd do this well and get 32 wickets in the series but I guess it's my hard work and support from my family that has made it possible.

"I practised very hard over the last few months. I knew I would do well."

Steve Waugh returns to the pavilion after falling to Harbhajan Singh
Steve Waugh praised India's recovery

Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was left stunned by the success.

"After losing in Bombay and after the first two days in Calcutta, I never thought we would be here," Ganguly said.

He conceded that his team had almost messed up their chase for the 155 runs needed for victory as they slumped from 101 for two to 135 for seven.

"We lost a couple of wickets, but fought it out well in the end," he added.

Australian skipper Steve Waugh said: "It has been a series that has had some great ups and downs. India did well to fight back after having lost the first test. I congratulate them."

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