Harbhajan Singh, veteran off-spinner has revealed the reason behind skipping IPL 2020 after he was released by Chennai Super Kings ahead of IPL 2021 auction.
After he was released by Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Harbhajan Singh is back in the auction for the 3rd time in his career. Despite doubts about whether he would be able to draw a bid or not, the senior off-spinner has set his base price at Rs 2 crore.
Harbhajan Singh Is Looking Forward To IPL 2021 And Preparing Hard For It
Given his experience, there’s no doubt that Harbhajan Singh’s presence will be a boon for a team who will buy him in IPL 2021 auction but on the other side, the veteran spinner’s absence from competitive cricket for nearly two years could see him go unsold. Harbhajan Singh doesn’t play domestic cricket and missed IPL 2020 due to personal reasons. He didn’t join CSK’s practice camp in Chennai and later pulled out of the league.
“I am looking forward to the IPL, I am preparing hard for it. Even last year, I was keen on playing but because of the pandemic I could not. I needed to be around my family. At that stage I thought skipping IPL was the right decision,” Harbhajan Singh told Cricbuzz.
Unsurprisingly, the Yellow Army also released their senior spinner and is unlikely to bid for him. On the day when BCCI announced the list of players who have registered for the IPL 2021 auction, the spinner revealed the reason behind skipping IPL 2020 and said that he wanted to be the family during that time. The situation is now under control but there was a time when the country was reporting more than 90,000 COVID-19 cases per day.
Suresh Raina, 2nd highest run-scorer with 5368 runs who also opted out of IPL 2020 has been retained by CSK.
Harbhajan Singh Has Lot Of Cricket Left In Him And Is Quite Fit
A regular member of IPL in the first 12 seasons, Harbhajan Singh spent first 10 seasons with Mumbai Indians. He also captained them in 20 matches.
“There is a lot of cricket left in me, very much. Fitness wise, I am quite fit, I worked hard on my fitness during lockdown. Unfortunately, I could not do anything (participate in the IPL). I am looking forward to be on the park again and doing what I can do best,” the senior spinner added.
He moved to CSK in IPL 2018 and spent 3 seasons (including IPL 2020) there. With 150 wickets, Harbhajan Singh is the league’s 5th highest wicket-taker. He has played 160 IPL games averaging 26.44.