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Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh once again proved that age is just a number with his starring display with the ball in the IPL-opener between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Between the last IPL and the first game of this season, Harbhajan had played just three matches for Punjab in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and had gone wicketless in all the games.
However, the Chennai Super Kings showed faith in him and the legendary spinner fully justified it by destroying Royal Challengers’ top order. He dismissed Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers in a four-over spell to leave Royal Challengers Bangalore reeling at 38 for 3. Harbhajan finished with figures of 3 for 20 off his 4 overs.
The 38-year old shared the new ball duties with pacer Deepak Chahar and made an immediate impact. He dismissed Virat Kohli in the fourth over of the innings before sending back Moeen in his next over. In his last over, Harbhajan Singh dismissed the dangerous AB de Villiers to put the defending champions firmly on top.
Before his latest spell, Harbhajan Singh had remarkably gone wicketless in the last seven games of the IPL. Last year, he had played 13 games and had managed to pick up just 7 wickets. In fact, he could not even bowl in the first Qualifier against Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, on Saturday, he once again proved he still has a lot to offer and his ex-India teammate Yuvraj Singh perfectly summed it up in his tweet.
Yuvraj took to Twitter to laud Harbhajan Singh, writing:
“Form is temporary class is forever ! Singh is king @harbhajan_singh”
Form is temporary class is forever ! Singh is king @harbhajan_singh
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 23, 2019
Harbhajan, meanwhile, dedicated his man-of-the-match award to his family after the game.
“It is nice to be out there on the park and it is a special one for me. I would like to give a lot of credit to my wife and daughter for this award. You can’t ask for a better start,” said the spinner.
Royal Challengers never recovered from the early setbacks and were eventually all out for 70. In reply, Super Kings chased down the total inside 18 overs at the loss of three wickets.