'If not blue of India, at least yellow of CSK': Harbhajan thrilled to reunite with MSD
One of the biggest talking points after the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 Auction was Harbhajan Singh's departure from Mumbai Indians (MI).
The ace off-spinner spent all 10 seasons of the IPL with MI and was a vital cog in the franchise's success. However, MI have not retained the 37-year-old for the upcoming seasons and Bhajji will now play for the Chennai Super Kings. One wouldn't be surprised if Harbhajan is hurt at not being retained by MI, but the legend offers a different take.
"Well, for 10 years I was part of that team and time simply flew. It doesn't matter if I was surprised or not, every team has its own planning and they went about their job. They clearly told me about what they felt about player retention and I have no hard feelings, I respect their decision," Bhajji was quoted as saying by a national daily.
"They are looking to build the team for the future and I am thankful to MI for the brilliant 10 years and the five trophies (three IPLs and two Champions League titles) that I won with them. But now it's time to move ahead and you cannot get a better team than CSK." Talking about CSK, Harbhajan is all set to reunite with Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The duo has won two World Cups for India playing together, but Bhajji was also dropped from the national side when Mahi was still the captain.
"Dhoni is calm, composed and he and has a sensible head on his shoulders. I am looking forward to reuniting with him, if not for the blue of India, at least the yellow of CSK," said Harbhajan.
"And knowing the Chepauk wicket, it may be a blessing in disguise for me that I am playing for CSK. There will be assistance for the spinners and who knows, if I take a lot of wickets, I may come back into India reckoning after a good season. Obviously I am excited about it. They are one of the strongest teams ever in the IPL and I am looking forward to be part of the team."
Further, Harbhajan is not worried about how the CSK faithful will greet him, considering the fact that he's replacing local boy Ravichandran Ashwin in the team.
"I know Ashwin has his own fan-base and that is perfectly fine. But at the end of the day, many of them are CSK fans and they will support whoever plays in yellow," he said.