New Delhi: When it comes to taking inspiration, Sachin Tendulkar is the only name that comes to seasoned India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh`s mind.
Harbhajan says he was amazed to see the deep passion with which Sachin still approaches the game even after 20 successful years in international cricket and considers himself lucky to have played under the leadership of the legendary batsman.
"Sachin, to me he`s not 37, he still looks 25. The way he bats, the way he runs around and the way he does all the work or whatever that is required to be there where he`s today and I think he is tremendous," Harbhajan said.
"He`s god of not just Indian cricket, he`s god of (world) cricket and he`s just someone who`s always there for you. Obviously it is great to have him as a leader of Mumbai Indians and he`s been a great motivator for all of us. He has been a great role model for all of us," he added.
Harbhajan also do not have any hesitation in admitting that Sachin played an important role in their final appearance in the third edition of the Indian Premier League earlier this year.
"I think he played a lot of good innings during the IPL III and if I have to pick one innings, it would be that knock against Rajasthan (Royals) in Jaipur. That was fantastic and set up the game for us in the last three overs," Harbhajan told reporters.
"I think he scored about 50 odd runs in the last three overs after we were just 110 in the 17th over. That`s where he changed the game. Scoring, I think 15-20 runs, in an over that was the best I have seen of him in IPL III, that was my favourite innings," he added.
Harbhajan said that the Mumbai Indians players were gearing up to put their best foot forward in the Champions League T20 commencing from tomorrow in South Africa.
"Our team is very excited about this competition in South Africa because this is a tournament in which we would like to play well. We are very happy that we have qualified for this tournament and we are up for it.”
"I`m sure it is going to be very challenging and very tough out there but I`m sure we have got players who can play in any kind of condition and take on any kind of challenges. We are really up for and looking forward to this event to begin," he said.