Out of all the hits and misses, the IPL 2021 auctions saw, one of the most heart-wrenching moments of the same was the moniker of veteran off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh when he got initially neglected.
At the ripe age of 40 years, this man was expecting one last song in India’s domestic extravaganza before he bowed out of his calling. KKR decided to bolster their ranks by the addition of Bhajji to their echelons.
Unfortunately, his absence from any form of cricket for quite a while acted against his favour as the franchises weren’t really interested in adding him to their ranks. However, KKR decided to bring more variety to his squad.
The ace Indian off-spinner brags about 417 Test wickets, 269 ODI wickets and 25 T20I wickets.
He is also one or the highest-wicket takers in IPL as his figures boast about 150 scalps from the 160 games that he played.
To add to the roses of his career, it is an astonishing economy rate of 7.05 which is gold in the shortest format of the sport.
He was a leading appelation in India’s bid to turn things around against an irrepresible Australia in 2001. Two decades down the line as the art of off-spin has now been romanticized by Ashwin, the Indian legend of off-spin will be going into his final song for IPL.
Another factor which may have went against him was that he pulled out of last year’s IPL before the fray kicked off. That wasn’t an impressive exit despite reigning fears of Covid 19.
Given his age, it is obvious that there is not much cricket left in him. However, there were quite a few speculations about Harbhajan Singh making the cut for one last time given the fact that he has proved himself extremely instrumental especially as a wicket-taker in IPL. It is now hoped that KKR will make good use of this veteran off-spinner.