Last Update on: February 21st, 2018 at 03:13 pm
Heaping lavish praise on MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh has said he is already looking forward to playing for Chennai Super Kings. The veteran off-spinner was signed up by the franchise in this year’s auction.
He was with the Mumbai-based franchise since the inaugural season in 2008 before being released this year. He was an integral part of the team for a decade. The Punjab star played 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. Last year, he had failed to perform as per expectations. Overall, he played 11 matches and managed to pick up just eight wickets with modest return with the bat.
For the first time, Harbhajan will be seen donning the jersey of another team in the IPL. And the star spinner cannot wait for the same.
Harbhajan had represented Mumbai in all the past IPL seasons (Credits: BCCI)
He is also looking forward to playing alongside MS Dhoni. He last played with Dhoni in an Asia Cup T20 match against United Arab Emirates in 2016.
“It’s always a great feeling to play along with MS Dhoni. I’m looking forward to working with him again towards a common goal – this time to win the trophy for the Chennai Super Kings,” he said to CSK’s official website.
“He (Dhoni) understands the game really well, is street-smart and thinks ahead of the game and I feel that’s very important for a captain, especially in T20. That’s what makes him a great skipper,” he added.
He also expressed his happiness about joining another strong team in the IPL.
“It’s great to be a part of two strong teams. 10 years with Mumbai Indians was absolutely brilliant, and now to be a part of another brilliant team. Here I come, Chennai! Let’s do it together for Yellow.
“Look forward to exciting times with CSK,” he continued.
The Super Kings along with Rajasthan Royals are returning to the league after a two-year ban. They were banned from the tournament in 2015 due to the spot-fixing scandal. Super Kings will take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in the tournament-opener.
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