Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, on Sunday (January 14), caused quite a stir on Twitter when he posted a message in Tamil. The buzz only increased when the India discard got a reply in Tamil from the official handle of Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings.
Harbhajan was recently released by Mumbai Indians which brought an end to the ten-year association between the player and the team. Harbhajan was with the team since the inaugural season in 2008 and was one of their most important players, playing an integral role in their triumphs over the years. During his time with Mumbai Indians, the 37-year old won three IPL titles and two now-defunct Champions League T20 titles. He was also the captain of the side when it lifted its first Champions League title in 2011.
However, the franchise decided to end its association with the off-spinner as the World Cup-winning bowler is looking like a pale shadow of his former self in recent times. And so not surprisingly, the exchange between him and Super Kings’ Twitter handle just a few days ahead of the upcoming auction sent the fans into meltdown. Since the tweet was in Tamil, not many fans understood the message which led to wide speculations.
Well, all the speculations were incorrect as the message from the Indian star was nothing but a post for his fans who were celebrating Pongal, a festival which is celebrated mainly in Tamil Nadu. It is a popular harvest festival and marks the auspicious beginning of the sun’s northward journey towards the equinox.
The spinner wrote in Tamil which roughly translates to “Hearty wishes to the fast, wise, hardworking and pure Tamil people on the occasion of Pongal. Yours Harbhajan Singh with love.”
வேகமும் , விவேகமும் , உழைப்பும் , தூய்மையும் சொத்தாய் கொண்ட தமிழ் மக்கள் வாழ்வில் மகிழ்வோடு பொங்கட்டும் புது பொங்கல் என் இதயம் கனிந்த தமிழர் திருநாள் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்
என்றும் அன்புடன் உங்கள்,
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 14, 2018
The Super Kings were quick to reply, posting a message in Tamil which roughly translates to:“Hearty thanks, Mr.Turbanator. May You Get Our Sweet Pongal This Day!!”
மிக்க நன்றி டர்பனேட்டர் அவர்களே. உங்க வாய்க்கு சக்கரை பொங்கல் தான் போடணும்! Super Happy Lohri to all our Punjabi brothers and sisters! 🦁💛
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) January 14, 2018
Meanwhile, Harbhajan recently said that he was looking forward to doing well for whichever franchise he plays for in the upcoming season.
“I’ve had a great decade-long relationship with MI. I’ll look to bowl well and win games for whichever team I play for in the IPL. Let’s see what happens at the auction,” Harbhajan had said.
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