Veteran India spinner Harbhajan Singh was released before the IPL 2021 auction by Chennai Super Kings. He had been with the franchise since 2018 and had won the tournament with CSK that year. However, he decided to opt-out of the IPL 2020 in UAE due to personal reasons.
Harbhajan Singh last played an international match in 2015 and has not played any domestic cricket or competitive cricket for a long time and it was not expected that he might receive any bid in the IPL 2021 auction, especially at his base price of Rs 2 crore.
KKR had released Chris Green, Harry Gurney, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Siddhesh Lad, and Tom Banton before the IPL 2021 auction. Under the leadership of Morgan, the SRK co-owned side failed to make it to the playoffs in the 13th edition of the cash-rich league.
Looking Forward To Win Another Trophy With Purple And Gold: Harbhajan Singh
The 39-year-old did not receive a bid when his name was called out first, but his name was called again in the accelerated leg of the auctions, and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were the only team to bid for him and get his services. We will be seeing the Turbanator in KKR colors and playing under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan.
Harbhajan Singh also took to Twitter to show gratitude to KKR for buying him in the IPL 2021 auction. He also promised 100 percent commitment to the franchise’s cause of winning a third IPL trophy.
“Looking forward to win another (trophy symbol) with purple and gold.. thank you for having me.. all you will get from me is 100 percent commitment at all time.. see you all soon,” he wrote on Twitter.
Apart from Harbhajan Singh, KKR has also bought Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Venkatesh Iyer, Vaibhav Arora, Sheldon Jackson, Shakib Al Hasan, and Ben Cutting. Shakib Al Hasan was welcomed back into the fold by KKR, given that he had played a huge role in the franchise’s IPL title wins in 2012 and 2014.
Full Kolkata Knight Riders squad for IPL 2021:
Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Ali Khan, Tim Seifert, Harbhajan Singh, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Venkatesh Iyer, Vaibhav Arora, Sheldon Jackson, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Cutting.
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Here is what Harbhajan Singh tweeted after being bought by KKR for IPL 2021:
Looking forward to win another 🏆 with purple and gold.. thank you for having me.. all you will get from me is 100 percent commitment at all time.. see you all soon #KKRHaiTaiyaar @KKRiders 🙏 @Eoin16 @iamsrk https://t.co/zVV2h0NZTD
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 18, 2021