If Harbhajan Singh is feeling the heat for his recent poor form, followed by an injury-induced absence from the ODI series against England and now saddled with captaincy of Mumbai Indians in the Champions League T20 tournament, he does not show it.
Pointing out that he had lead Mumbai in 2008 in place of Sachin Tendulkar who missed a few games due to injury, Harbhajan said he was a far more mature cricketer and was actually looking forward to being the captain.
"To be honest, it is great opportunity for me to lead Mumbai Indians. This is a similar scenario to the first IPL when Sachin was not available, but I am mature now. Obviously, I did not have any experience before that in leading a side. "However, from the time Dhoni has taken over the captaincy of Indian team, we have been giving a lot of inputs to him and supported him and made sure that he is not the only one who is taking decisions," Harbhajan said.
"And, being a senior player, this is what our role was in the Indian side and to support him on the field. I have learnt a lot during the last three to four years. "I will be looking for such support from Andrew Symonds, Kieron Pollard and other guys like Malinga. It should be good fun and I am looking forward to the challenges. It is an added responsibility and I am looking forward to it," said Harbhajan, whose team is to take on the Chennai Super Kings here today.