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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Harbhajan led from the front: Sachin Tendulkar

Harbhajan led from the front: Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar felt starting the tournament as underdogs helped the team as there was no pressure on the players to deliver © AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Chennai: Oct 10, 2011

Sachin Tendulkar heaped praises on skipper Harbhajan Singh, who, he felt played a key role in Mumbai Indians victory in the Champions League final against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.

“I think it was fantastic. He led from the front. Today was an important day because he got crucial wickets at the crucial moment. So, his role was really, really big,” Sachin said of Harbhajan’s performance, “said Tendulkar.

The batting legend also heaped praises on his team, Mumbai Indians for winning the Champions League T20 finals against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday despite starting the tournament as underdogs.

He said, “We started the tournament as underdogs. In a way, it was wonderful because there was no pressure on the players to deliver and live up to expectations. When everyone is already running you down, it becomes a challenge to prove everyone wrong.”

Tendulkar felt the secret behind team’s success was a display of team effort by the younger players who were picked in the team due to injuries to many seniors.

“[Yuzvendra] Chahal really bowled well today. He got us an important wicket. Abu Nechim has bowled really well. He has had a really good tournament. Generally, I would say, it was a team effort. Suryakumar [Yadav], [Rajagopal] Sathish… all the guys have chipped in. It was not that one individual blasted and the match got over. It was about the team and everyone chipped in,” said Tendulkar.

Finally, there can be no discounting how Tendulkar’s presence shaped MI’s destiny in this tournament. Even if it were only from the sidelines, the batting maestro’s words of wisdom surely spurred the side on. “I am part of Mumbai Indians whether I am fit or unfit, whether I’m playing or not. I’ve always enjoyed being around to share what I feel about the wicket, the ground and how one should approach the game.”

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