Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spinner Harbhajan Singh believes Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are the team to beat this season and therefore, other franchises will have to play out of their skins to beat the MS Dhoni-led side. CSK sits on top of the table with six wins in eight matches.
Harbhajan, who has retired from international cricket, felt the challenge is stiff every time a team goes up against the likes of CSK. They have a lot of experienced players in their ranks who are capable of turning games in a matter of overs.
“It is always a challenge to face MS Dhoni’s team because he often has a very good squad by his side. As CSK often takes the field with a number of experienced players, it is always a closely fought battle against them. If KKR wants to beat the likes of CSK and MI, then we will have to play like champions,” he said to Sports Tak.
Dhoni will want to finish on a high note – Harbhajan Singh
The wily off-spinner believes that CSK skipper, MS Dhoni, will be looking to secure a fourth title by winning the IPL 2021 trophy. Since he will be 41 next year, and not sure if he will play another season, going out on a high will be the priority of Dhoni.
“I do not feel that MS Dhoni will be in his mentor role at the moment. He is currently in the captain’s role and I believe his complete focus will be on winning the championship for his team. It is uncertain if he will play next season, hence he will want to finish on a high note,” Harbhajan added.
Harbhajan Singh will next be seen playing for KKR against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on September 20, Monday. KKR sits in seventh place with two wins in seven matches so far.