Tendulkar's presence would have helped us in T20 WC: Harbhajan

Tendulkar's presence would have helped us in T20 WC: Harbhajan

Mumbai Indians’ Skipper Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during the IPL T20 match . PTI

Tendulkar does not play T20 internationals anymore hence the selectors did not include him in the Indian squad for the World Twenty20, beginning in the West Indies from April 30.

Tendulkar, who turns 37 on April 24, is in scorching form and has been instrumental in Mumbai Indians' splendid run so far in the third season of the Indian Premier League.

"Had Sachin decided to play in the World Cup, it would have been good for the team. But since he has decided, we know he is not going to change his decision," Harbhajan, Tendukar's IPL teammate, said during an informal interaction with scribes on the sidelines a felicitation function here.

Tendulkar, captain of the Mumbai Indians, is the second highest run getter with 394 runs behind Jacques Kallis. Harbhajan, who is among the top five bowlers in IPL-III with 11 scalps, has also impressed with his batting skills and his blistering knocks have come handy for his side.

"I have worked a lot on my batting as well," he said even as he hurriedly added that despite his little cameos he will still remain a bowler first. Asked the T20 effect on the other formats of the game he said, "It is having a positive effect on other versions. The game is becoming more fast now." The senior pro also said the IPL has helped all the international players in T20 World Cup preparations.

"I think now we as Indian team believe that every target can be chased down if our batting clicks. It's a good practice for T20 Cup. Other teams too will benefit because their players are playing in the IPL," he said.

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