Beating CSK was the toughest challenge: Harbhajan

Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh feels their team reaching finals was due to their fighting spirit and not sheer luck AFP

Chennai: Oct 9, 2011

Of the teams a depleted Mumbai Indians has managed to upstage in the ongoing Champions League Twenty20, captain Harbhajan Singh said beating ousted title holders Chennai Super Kings was the biggest morale-booster for his injury-ravaged side.

“Among all the opposition in the tournament, I think Chennai Super Kings is the best side. It was the toughest side to beat and we take lot of confidence in playing them at home and winning from them,” Harbhajan said after the 10-run semifinal win over Somerset to set up a summit clash with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

“It (beating Chennai) boosted our confidence,” he added.

Despite missing key players such as regular captain Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma, Mumbai have managed to impress in the tournament and Harbhajan said it not just good luck.

“It is not sheer luck alone though it plays a part. We have quality bowlers in our side and I back my players in crunch situations. End of the day that is what matters. We have won games from dead situations,” he said.

Talking about the wicket here, Harbhajan said, “It was a slower wicket, kind of turner. It was a difficult wicket to hit the ball. Lately, I saw David Warner had played a fantastic game the other night against CSK.

“There was no side spin and the wicket is good today. It is a good one for Twenty20 but not as good for spinners.

Looking do well in given conditions is the same situation for the rival teams. We need to back ourselves,” he said.(PTI)