IPL 2018: Harbhajan Singh unsure about his future in IPL

Harbhajan will be in auction for the first time in 10 years.

Harbhajan Singh |AFP

Harbhajan Singh, who had played for Mumbai Indians for 10 long years, isn't sure about his persistence with the same franchise. The off-spinner said he is in the auction for the first time after 10 years and he isn't sure about which team will pick him.

"This is the first time I am at the auction. I was at the auction when IPL started (2008). After 10 years I am back. This is a different feeling altogether. I have played all my cricket for Mumbai Indians. Now I don't know which team I will be in," he said. 

"I don't know what's going to happen. I might be with Mumbai Indians or it could be any other team. I have enjoyed each and every moment playing for them. We won five trophies over there, one of them came in my captaincy too. It was wonderful to be there. Let's see what happens on March 27," Harbhajan added. 

Harbhajan, who captained Punjab in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy appreciated the BCCI for rescheduling the tournament keeping the IPL auctions in mind.

"There is a lot of talent in Syed Mushtaq Ali. The franchises wanted to see the players and it's a great initiative taken by the BCCI. It's good for the players as well. The games are live and everybody is watching," he said. 

Harbhajan also talked about him batting at number 3 and said it was not keeping in mind the IPL but as the team needed him to. 

"See looking at these conditions here, I found we needed someone to look after the new ball at the same time, someone would could play shots. We did not want to lose too many wickets as we were playing five bowlers and were one batsman short. 

"Bowlers win more games than the batters. I was a floater who could bat and attack the bowlers. I have been doing okay," Harbhajan said. 

Punjab won three out of four matches in Group A to garner 12 points. Harbhajan said it's disappointing to not play in the finals but asserted that the Punjab team has a lot of talent. 

"We have beaten the best of the sides in the tournament, Karnataka and Mumbai were the strongest teams in terms of the way they have played. 

"I am a bit shocked. Proud of the way everyone chipped in. This team has a long way to go," Harbhajan said. 


By Sihyeu Prakash Singh - 26 Jan, 2018

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