Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh, who surprised everyone with his decision to skip IPL 2020 season held at United Arab Emirates, has finally revealed the reason for his absence in the yellow jersey of Chennai Super Kings last year. He explained that he felt the need to be with his family during the pandemic and realised that skipping the tournament was the right decision for him at that stage. Although Chennai Super Kings failed to qualify for the play-offs for the first time in the history of IPL, they still decided to release Harbhajan ahead of the IPL 2021 auction.
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The 40-year-old spinner has registered himself for the upcoming mini-auctions, which will be held in Chennai on February 18. Harbhajan has listed his base price in the INR 2 crore bracket. Meanwhile, the veteran from Punjab is really looking forward for the IPL and is preparing hard for it.
There is a lot of cricket left in me: Harbhajan Singh
In a recent conversation with Cricbuzz, Harbhajan said, “I am looking forward to the IPL, I am preparing hard for it. There is a lot of cricket left in me, very much. Fitness-wise, I am quite fit, I worked hard on my fitness during the lockdown. Unfortunately, I could not do anything (about participation in IPL 2020). I am looking forward to being in the park again and doing what I can do best.”
Harbhajan is certainly one of the best off-spinners the country has ever produced and has enjoyed an illustrious career. His records in the Indian Premier League have also been really impressive. Having played for two of the most successful franchises in Mumbai Indians (2008-17) and Chennai Super Kings (2018-19), Harbhajan has won 4 IPL titles with the sides. He has played 160 matches since the inception of IPL in 2008 and has 150 wickets to his name.
In the 2019 season, Harbhajan scalped 16 wickets from 11 matches for MS Dhoni-led CSK. It will be really interesting to see which teams will bid to get the services of the experienced campaigner in the upcoming IPL 2021 mini-auctions.