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Harbhajan wants to take pressure off Tendulkar

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Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 13:45 [IST]
 
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Let Tendulkar play freely: Harbhajan

Mumbai, Apr 3: India's iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Monday, handed over the captaincy of Mumbai Indians to senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. India's ace off spinner wants Tendulkar to play free and is confident of handling the responsibility.

"He (Tendulkar) has done so much for us and this is the small thing I can do, to take the responsibility and take the team forward. Let him be free and play freely. Score as many runs as he wants. I am sure he will score lot of runs for Mumbai Indians," Harbhajan said at the press conference.

"Sachin means the biggest factor for us. Obviously, he just wanted to take it easy because he has gone through very tough phase of his life in the last six to eight months. He just said he wanted me to take off the pressure from him and he gave this responsibility to me," Harbhajan stated.

He also read out official statement from the franchise, "Sachin spoke to me about his decision of wanting me to take over this responsibility of leading the team. It is a huge honour for me. I would like to thank Paaji and Nita Bhabhi for the faith reposed in my ability," he told reporters taking time of the practice session ahead of Mumbai Indians opening match against Chennai Super Kings on April 4.

Harbhajan said that his side are confident of beating any team in the tournament.

"We have the team which can beat any team in this competition and I have the belief and the will to take the team forward and hopefully we will play to our potential and do well."

Speaking about their opponents Chennai Super Kings, Harbhajan said it was a strong side especially playing at home.

"They have won a lot of games in Chennai. They won the IPL twice, which no other team had done."

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