Colombo, Sep 24: India's Harbhajan Singh, who was awarded the man of the match for his splendid 4/12 against England in the final Group A tie at Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, to qualify for the Super Eights dedicated the award to his mother and close friends.
Harbhajan Singh, who returned to international cricket after a long break, for almost a year made a strong comeback, as he dismissed four English batsmen (Eoin Morgan, Jos Butler, Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann) as India defeated England by 90 runs to finish as group winners.
After the match, Harbhajan dedicated the award to his mother and close friends who supported him throughout his bad patch as that motivated him to make a strong comeback.
"It's been a hard year. Being out of the side. Other boys were doing really well, so it was really difficult for me to make a comeback," Harbhajan said.
"This award is for my mom and those who have stuck with me," he added.
The 32 year old also added that the wicket off his second international delivery on his comeback boosted his morale and it also made him stay focused throughout the game as he had not played international cricket for almost a year.
"For me it was an important game. I hadn't played international cricket for a full year. Getting a wicket first or second ball gives you a lot of confidence," he said.
Harbhajan, talking about T20 Cricket and how he had adapted to the shortest format of the game, said "In T20 cricket, it's important to just read the game. I have tried to cut down my run-up a bit.
"I was running in too fast, and struggling to find my areas. So I was consciously coming in off a short run, and slowly," said the off-spinner.
The off-spinner who made a strong comeback thanked all his friends and Essex team mates for supporting him throughout his bad phase, as he feels blessed to be back in the side wearing the team's jersey.
"This India short is everything for me. I dont know what I would do if not playing for India. I would like to thank my friends and team-mates and the Essex (his English county side) people too."
With a splendid 4/12, Harbhajan has sent out a message clear, as he continues to be a core member in the team, even after a gap of 1 year, which shows that the off-spinner is not leaving any stone unturned especially during this tournament as he has got another opportunity to play for India.