Sehwag, Dhoni are India's game changers

Destructive off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has named dashing teammate Virender Sehwag and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the two main game changers in the Indian squad due to their capacity to dominate the opposition bowlers and hitting the ball with power."There are a number of players in our team who have the talent to change the game. Virender Sehwag is one of them. Every time he is batting we know that he will take over all the bowlers. He has changed the game for us during difficult situations," Harbhajan has been quoted as saying by a media release."Another game changer for us is MS Dhoni who has got his own technique.

He has a set of power to hit the ball all around the field. These are the two guys who are the big game changers in our team," said the off-spinner for Pepsi's "Change the Game" campaign ahead of the upcoming World Cup.Harbhajan also mentioned Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq as his motivation for developing his "Doosra" that had helped him snare many a victim in his career."When I was a kid and used to practice in Chandigarh, I used to see Saqlain Mustaq who bowled a lot of Doosras. I eagerly observed him and came up with my own ideas and thoughts to perfect the ball.

"I practiced hard along with my colleague, Arun Verma, a wicketkeeper, to apply my own technique and accepting to it. It took a lot of hard-work, commitment and time to develop this wicket taking ball. I mastered bowling the Doosra after over two years of practice and continue to do so," said the slow bowler who has two Test tons under his belt. The fighting cricketer also recalled his successes with this kind of delivery in which the off break bowler turns the ball the other way, especially his unforgettable hat-trick against Australia in the second Test in March 2001 at the Eden Gardens which India won after following on.

"I remember a lot of games where 'Doosra' has changed the game for not just me but for India. I remember a game in Kolkata where we were playing against Australia and they were hammering all our bowlers. I suddenly bowled one 'Doosra' to Ricky Ponting and got him out LBW."I went on to take my first hat trick (Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne) for India in that match. That was surely a game changer at that particular time," said the 30-year-old bowler, who is seven short of grabbing 400 wickets in Test cricket.


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