Sat, 9 Oct 2021

Harbhajan Singh hints on IPL retirement

Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh is one of the finest spinners the country has produced over the years, the 41-year-old cricketer has given a lot to India's spin attack. However recently, his wicketless tally has been a concern for KKR skipper Eoin Morgan due to which Harbhajan's presence on the field has been restricted to the bench, with Kolkata Knight Riders hardly providing game time to the experienced off-spinner. The veteran bowler has played just three matches for his team in the ongoing IPL 2021 season and is yet to take the field in the UAE leg. When KKR faced Rajasthan Royals on Thursday, Harbhajan Singh dropped a major hint about his IPL future.

While having the mid-match conversation with commentators, Harbhajan spoke about the possibility of taking up a coaching role after ending his career as a player. He casually stated, "Don't know if I'm going to play further but enjoying my time in KKR."

He also spoke about contributing to Indian cricket and IPL teams or taking a mentors role in the future. He said, "cricket has been the biggest thing that happened to me. I would like to serve Indian cricket in whatever way I can. Whether it's coaching or mentor, I'd be more than happy to do the needful and help the team."

On Thursday, KKR registered a brilliant 86-run win over Rajasthan Royal. Kolkata has sealed a place in the top four teams who have qualified for the play-offs. Along with KKR, Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore have also qualified for the playoffs this season. In the race to the final, KKR will come face-to-face with Virat kohli led RCB on Monday, 11 October.

 Harbhajan has played 163 IPL matches for different franchises, taking 150 wickets at an average of 26.86 and an economy of 7.07.