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We will not lose to Pakistan: RP Singh

Team India’s left-arm pace star RP Singh, who played a key role in the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa, is now all set to take on Pakistan, at home. ‘RP’, who arrived in Lucknow on Sunday after the Australia home series, said: “We will not lose to Pakistan.” Then, he added: “Remember I said harenge nahin and not haraaenge.’”

On the Twenty20 World Cup, RP said the wicket he enjoyed taking the most was that of Pakistan wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, whom he had clean bowled. “Although all the wickets are equally important for a bowler, the ball that took Akmal’s wicket was my best. I also enjoyed taking Hershelle Gibbs’ wicket,” he said.

As for his strategy against Pakistan, he said, “We will decide about that together. About my form I can say that since India last visited Pakistan (in early 2006), there has been an improvement in my pace, accuracy and fitness. As a bowler, my only aim in ODIs is to bowl the maximum number of dot balls. Wickets or no wickets do not bother me.”

On the recent Australia one-day series, which India lost 2-4, RP said: “Australia are a strong side in Test and one-day cricket. We did give them a very close fight.”

He said winning the Twenty20 World Cup was a moment to cherish. “I just accepted the challenge and stuck to a proper line and length and that paid off. I have been making good use of yorkers over the last one year and they have come in handy in the slog overs.”

Talking about the two captains he has played under— Rahul Dravid and Mahendra Singh Dhoni—RP said: “While Rahul bhai is cool, Dhoni is young and does not feel tense. So each is good at his own level.”

About the overwhelming reception he received at home — a 100-car cavalcade accompanied him from the Amausi airport to his home in Gomti Nagar — RP said: “We felt great when Team India were given a warm reception in Mumbai after the Twenty20 World Cup but I must say that Lucknow has also welcomed me in a grand manner.”

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