Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was one of the players to skip IPL last year held in the UAE for personal reasons. Harbhajan Singh revealed that family was of utmost importance to him and decided not to play the marquee T20 league, pulling out after fellow Chennai Super Kings teammate Suresh Raina did. But the celebrated off-spinner will return this year and credited his wife for urging to be part of it.
Harbhajan Singh revealed that with the COVID-19 situation at its peak in India last year, he was concerned about his family and serving hard quarantine after arriving in India. With the marquee T20 league taking place in India this year, they have got used to the new normal. Harbhajan also expressed his optimism, given that vaccines have come up. Nevertheless, the veteran cricketer credited his wife Geeta Basra for pushing him to play.
“Last year, when IPL happened, COVID-19 in India was at its peak. I was concerned about my family and also about hard quarantine in India after coming back. But this year, it’s happening in India and also we have now got used to the new normal. Vaccines have come. Also it’s my family which pushed. My wife (Geeta) told me that I should go and play,” Harbhajan said as quoted by India Today.
Harbhajan Singh to ply his trade for the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021:
Harbhajan Singh earned bids from the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2021 auction as they secured his services for INR 2 crores. The 40-year old has also arrived at the team hotel for serving quarantine and addressed his fans by promising them to meet in seven days. Harbhajan was part of the Chennai Super Kings in 2019 and 2018 and contributed to their title victory in the latter year.
The Turbanator began his IPL career with the Mumbai Indians and has been part of their three title victories. He has so far featured in 160 IPL matches, taking 150 wickets at 26.55, keeping an economy rate of 7.08. He has also grabbed a solitary fifer and two four-wicket hauls. The 40-year old is also a handy batsman down the order, boasting a healthy strike rate of 138.17.