Harbhajan Singh has thanked his captain Sachin Tendulkar for lending the bat with which he hit a stunning 18-ball unbeaten 49 to set up Mumbai Indians' 41-run victory over Deccan Chargers in an Indian Premier League match in Mumbai.
Put into bat, Tendulkar held the MI innings together with his fourth IPL III half century but it was Harbhajan's game-changing innings laced with eight fours and two sixes which took the home side score to 172 for seven from 119 from seven in the 17th over.
Later, Harbhajan took three wickets for 31 to help Mumbai Indians crush Deccan Chargers by 41 runs.
"The bat I used was lent to me by Sachin. Thank you Sachin for allowing me use your bat," said Harbhajan, who was adjudged man-of-the-match for his unbeaten 49 and his bowling figures of 3/31, after the match.
"When I went in to bat I knew we needed more runs and luckily the balls hit the centre of the bat in most of my hits. That's the way I play my cricket, I just need to pick the right ball," he said.
Asked about him opening the bowling today in the Deccan Chargers innings, he said, "It was my day, I took the ball and took three wickets. It's a big challenge opening the bowling. You have to be ready for anything in Twenty20 cricket. Sachin took a blinder, it was a special day for us."