Feb 3/10

Can cope with absence of Dravid, Yuvraj: Harbhajan


Star off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday said India has the resource to cope with the absence of Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh and S
Sreesanth in the forthcoming Test series against South Africa.

Talking about the two-match series which starts in Nagpur on Sunday, Harbhajan said it would have been good to have the injured trio around but the team can still deliver the goods against Graeme Smith's men.

"Of course it would have been good to have them. But whatever players we have got, they are good and have done well in the Ranji session. Hopefully they will continue their good form against South Africa as well," the spinner said.

Dravid is nursing a fractured cheek bone, Yuvraj has a tear in his wrist while Sreesanth is out with a hamstring injury -- all sustained during India's recent Bangladesh tour.

South Africa captain Graeme Smith has announced that his team would leave no stone unturned to regain the number one Test team's tag from India and Harbhajan also felt that it would be an intense affair between world's top two teams.

"Well, only time will tell who would come out on top. We haver full respect to every opposition but if we play to our potentials, we can beat any one," Harbhajan said.

"Obviously when top two teams play each other, there has to be intense competition. You have to admit that South Africa is a very good Test side. But if we play to our potential and on our ability, we can beat any side -- be it South Africa, Australia or any other team. That is our biggest strength," he said.