Harbhajan Singh played 24 games for CSK in 2 seasons.
India’s Harbhajan Singh has ended his association with three-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) ahead of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He played for the franchise during the 2018 and 2019 seasons before retiring from the last IPL played in the United Arab Emirates. It was a three-year contract between him and the franchise that ended and it looks like the two sides have decided to go their separate ways.
CSK endured its worst season in IPL 2020 without making it to the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. They missed their veteran player Suresh Raina who had controversially returned home from the UAE weeks before the tournament began. Harbhajan Singh’s experience was also missed as the spinners were taken down by opposing teams.
Harbhajan himself took to Twitter to confirm the news that he will no longer play for CSK and also thanked the fans and the franchise for all their support over the past three years.
“As my contract ends with @ChennaiIPL, playing for this team has been a great experience … great memories created and great friends that I will fondly remember for years to come … Thank you @ChennaiIPL, management, staff and fans for 2 wonderful years. All the best, ”his tweet read.
As my contract ends with @ChennaiIPL, playing for this team has been a great experience … great memories created and great friends that I will fondly remember for years to come … Thank you @ChennaiIPL, management, staff and fans for 2 wonderful years .. All the best ..🙏
– Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 20, 2021
Harbhajan Singh has played 24 games for CSK
CSK had secured the services of Harbhajan Singh at the 2018 auction for its base price of Rs 2 crore and the off-spinner went on to play 24 games for them. He played a crucial role for the team by winning his third title. Although he only picked seven wickets in 11 matches at the 2018 IPL, his experience was invaluable for the Yellow Army. Harbhajan improved his performance in 2019 by scaling 19 wickets in 11 matches and was economical as well.
Having now released by CSK, it remains to be seen now whether Harbhajan Singh will put his name up for auction now for the coming season. The 40-year-old last played a competitive game in May 2019 and it will be interesting to see if a team bid for him in the auction.