Veteran Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh, who shifted his base to Chennai after spending 10 glorious years at the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) recently revealed various stories while promoting his new show Bhajji blast.
Harbhajan spoke at length and breadth about a lot of interesting facets. He talked about his Indians and CSK colleague Ambati Rayudu, who has had a terrific season this time.
The ace off-spinner added Rayudu is an introvert and he has been like that for a long time now.
“He’s an introvert. He doesn’t mingle with people too much. When I was with MI, I hardly saw him outside the ground. Can you believe it that he doesn’t even have a phone! There’s a Hindi film dialogue na: Don ko dhundna mushkil hi nahin, namumkin hai (it’s not just difficult, but impossible to find Don). The same applies to Rayudu!,” Harbhajan told TOI.
Dhoni didn’t go to a barber that night:
He also revealed an interesting detail that Dhoni didn’t go to a barber to shave his head after the 2011 World Cup final. After helping his side win the coveted trophy with a 79-ball 91, Dhoni was spotted with a shaved head the next morning whilst posing with the World Cup trophy.
“The night when we were celebrating our World Cup triumph in 2011, MS Dhoni suddenly went to his room and came back like ‘shakaal’ (a popular villainous character from the movie Shaan). He didn’t go to any barber to shave off his head. I still don’t know why he did it,” a curious Harbhajan added.
The off-spinner rated Dhoni as India’s best One-day International player and termed him a legend of Indian cricket.
Mixed Feelings to shift: Harbhajan Singh
Speaking about his move from Mumbai to Chennai, Harbhajan admitted that it was a mixed feeling for him. He also mentioned that there was a bit of awkwardness when he played at Wankhede as an opposition team.
“It was a mixed feeling. I was like, ‘What am I doing in the (rival) dressing room. And my (jersey) colour is suddenly yellow. This is different.’ When that game got over, I was like ‘Thank God, it was the first match!. After that, it’s been a great journey, coming from one great team to another. Luckily, things didn’t change too much. I was playing in the IPL final there (with MI), and now here too!” Harbhajan concluded.