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Tendulkar deserves more than RS nomination: Harbhajan

New Delhi: Hailing the Indian government's decision to nominate Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said the senior batsman deserves
much more than that.

"Proud that Sachin is getting the honour. He deserves much more than that. May God bless him always," Harbhajan said.

Tendulkar was on Thursday nominated to the Upper House of the country's Parliament after President Pratibha Patil approved the government's proposal.

The move was met with mixed reactions from his fans and public figures from all walks of life.

Meanwhile, Harbhajan Singh blamed himself for the 37-run loss to Delhi Daredevils in an IPL match here and said he needs to lift his performance for his and the team's sake.

Harbhajan's four overs went for 42 runs as Delhi Daredevils outclassed Mumbai in their Indian Premier League encounter yesterday.

"I have got to lift my performance for myself and the team. I haven't been bowling well, the last 2-3 matches, have gone for runs," Harbhajan said.

"Everybody goes through it but that's not an excuse. I take the blame. I should have bowled much better," the off-spinner added.

Harbhajan hoped to come out of the slump and lead by example. "I will work hard and will try and do well again for the team again, like I did in the past. I still have a few more years of cricket left in me.

To add to the loss, Mumbai Indians are worried over Kieron Pollard who seemed to have hurt his shoulder while going for a catch during last night's match at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Mumbai were also affected by Dinesh Karthik's failure to effect an easy stumping when Virender Sehwag was yet to cross his half century. "That was one of the factors," Harbhajan said, adding, "We didn't bowl well. They batted brilliantly, batted well at the start. We have to grab our chances."

The decision to include inexperienced pacer Rahul Shukla for such a big match was met with surprise, but Harbhajan defended the move.  "We wanted to rest Munaf (Patel), he has been playing for the last six matches, he felt sore. When you have them (youngsters) you have to give chances to the players to see if they can deliver," he said.

With the Daredevils continuing their domination at the top, Harbhajan admitted Delhi are the strongest team at the moment.

He was also impressed with Delhi spinner Shahbaz Nadeem who took two wickets for 35.
"He has been a fine bowler for them. Hope he keeps doing well."

PTI