How Sachin Tendulkar Motivated Harbhajan Singh In His 'Starting Days'

How Sachin Tendulkar Motivated Harbhajan Singh In His ‘Starting Days’

Harbhajan Singh, Asia Cup 2018, Retire
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Harbhajan Singh has aged like a fine wine. Once the flag-bearer of Indian spin bowling, the veteran is still eyeing to make a return for the national team, after having played his last international match in 2016. Away from the international circuit, Harbhajan Singh has plied his trade for two most successful teams in the IPL – Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) – and continues to be a regular in the lucrative tournament.

Nearing his 40s, Harbhajan Singh has never spoken about retirement, but the bright-eyed turbanator still has the thoughts of India comeback on his mind. He has played 160 matches in the IPL, picking up 150 wickets at an average of 26.44, with the best bowling figures of five for 18. He has picked up seven wickets in his last five IPL appearances for CSK.

How Sachin Tendulkar Motivated Harbhajan Singh In His 'Starting Days'
Harbhajan Singh (File Photo)

Sachin Tendulkar told me to stay focused: Harbhajan Singh

Apart from sharing the Indian cricket team dressing room, Harbhajan Singh and Sachin Tendulkar were also a part of Mumbai Indians franchise. Harbhajan Singh made his ODI debut in 1998. Before that he was adviced by Tendulkar to ‘stay focused’ and he obliged.

“During my starting days, Sachin told me after a net session that keep your focus on the game. From that day, I really started focusing on my game all the more and I soon made my India debut,” Harbhajan Singh told former teammate and opener Aakash Chopra on his YouTube show AakashVani.

Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh
Sachin Tendulkar with Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman. (Credits – Twitter)

Since making his debut, he became an integral part of the team and will always be remembered as one of the finest off-spinners to have played the game. He has 417 Test wickets and 269 scalps in ODIs to his name.