Veteran India spinner Harbhajan Singh announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday, December 24, 2021, and soon rumors of him joining politics started to fly around. However, the Punjab-born cricketer said that he has to think about lots of things before deciding to join politics.
Harbhajan Singh, who made his Test debut in 1998 against Australia, played 103 Tests, 236 ODIs, and 28 T20I matches till 2016. He continued to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) till 2021 when he last turned out for the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021, playing three matches.
Before this, he has played for a decade for Mumbai Indians, winning the IPL in 2013, 2015, and 2017. He was then bought in the IPL 2018 auction by the Chennai Super Kings and won the title that season in the yellow jersey.
However, though it remains to be seen, what Harbhajan Singh will do next after announcing retirement, it was reported a few days back, that he has been offered a position in the coaching staff of a major IPL franchise and that he would announce his retirement in the coming week, which happened.
If I Join Politics, How And In What Form: Harbhajan Singh
Recently, the chief of Congress’ Punjab unit and Harbhajan’s former India teammate Navjot Singh Sidhu posted a picture with him on Twitter and captioned it “picture loaded with possibilities”. This led to speculation of him joining the party and entering politics.
“Frankly speaking, I don’t know what’s in store for me. I just want couple of days to figure out in which direction I would like to move. Yes, I want to give back to society. If I join politics, how and in what form, I need to figure those things out as main aim is to help people if I at all take the plunge,” Harbhajan told PTI in an interview.
While he didn’t want to speak about it openly, the Punjab-born cricketer has mentioned his aspirations to stay connected to the game which gave him fame and fortune be it commentary or as reported in the IPL.
“As far as cricket is concerned, I will remain associated with the game. I am open to coaching, mentoring IPL sides, may be play a bit of veteran’s cricket,” he said.
Harbhajan Singh also revealed that he will shortly release his autobiography in the next six months’ time.
He said: “Oh yes, I have nearly completed my autobiography. It would be out in next six months and it’s my tell-all story as to how I have seen Indian cricket as an insider. Hope people love that book as much as they loved me.”