There’s no doubt that Harbhajan Singh is one of the best off-spinners ever to play cricket. His more than 400 test wickets validate the statement. The 38-year old played most of his career for the immortal side of Mumbai Indians where he was among the core members of the squad. He was an integral part of the team that lifted trophy thrice. Known for his accuracy and experience, the turbonator is a must pick for any team regardless of the tournament.
But as it is said that age defies every odd, Harbhajan too faced an average time during his culmination tenure with Mumbai Indians. He wasn’t getting wickets frequently and players were finding it easy to tackle him. It was sure that he will get unsold. But as there is always a ray of hope lying under the darkness. Shockingly, Harbhajan was brought by Chennai Superkings.
It was a matter of discussion if he will be able to create the same magic he used to showcase back in the last decade. Harbhajan showed his worth by bowling economically in IPL 2018. In IPL 2019, we are witnessing Harbhajan 2.0 who gets you wickets at the top.
Harbhajan Singh- IPL 2019
Harbhajan has played 4 matches for CSk this season and already picked up 7 important wickets. He, along with Imran Tahir forms a tempting bowling pair who can devastate any batting unit like a deck of cards. What impresses the most is his economy of 5.12 despite bowling in the power plays. His ability to take wickets on any surface is still the same as it used to be.
Against a formidable KKR side, he bowled out his quota of 4 overs giving only 15 runs and scalping two important wickets. His outstanding catch to dismiss KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik was the icing on the cake. In the very first match of IPL 2019, Harbhajan showed that he’s up for something special this season. Harbhajan dismissed the best batsmen of the world and ended up with the figure of 4-0-20-3. With the help of his match-winning performance, CSK won the opening match quite comfortably.
It’s really amazing to see the greats of the game dominating the tournament like this. Harbhajan Singh, apart from being a very good bowler, is a valuable asset to the team. His experience definitely helps youngsters. He has motivated many young to become a spinner. He is a motivation himself.
He has literally ruled the tournament till now and we hope he continues his golden form in the remaining part of the tournament.