IPL 2021: Harbhajan Singh is a different man now, feels Dinesh Karthik

Harbhajan Singh's child-like enthusiasm and intensity have left many in the KKR camp including Dinesh Karthik floored.

Harbhajan Singh in a file photo; Credit: Twitter/@KKRiders
By Arnab Mukherji | Apr 7, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vice-captain Dinesh Karthik believes that spinner Harbhajan Singh has transformed into a different man. Harbhajan who is known as ‘The Turbanator’ turns 41 this July. However, he has left players of the KKR squad for IPL 2021 baffled with his child-like enthusiasm and intensity. Harbhajan was signed in the 2021 auction for a sum of Rs 2 Cr, having represented Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in the past.

“Picking him I think wasn’t easy, considering that he has been around for so long. But the amount of interest and intensity he has shown in the last one week is just fabulous. He has been coming to practice sessions early, much ahead of all other players! And he has been doing it consistently! I think he is a different man now from whatever little I have seen of him this week,” said Karthik in an interaction with the franchise’s media team.

Dinesh Karthik hails Harbhajan Singh

The interaction which took place during one of the side’s practice matches at DY Patil Stadium, also revealed Harbhajan’s desire to improve as a batsman. Karthik stated that the veteran off-spinner was arriving at 4 o’clock for a practice game starting at 7 PM, utilising the extra time for batting practice.

“Even in a practice game that starts at 7 PM, he had come at 4 O’clock! He was batting before that, he bowled to Shakib (Al Hasan) and (Eoin) Morgan, and then did his stretching again before getting into the practice game,” said the KKR vice-captain.

“He is bowling in the match and also fielding all 20 overs. That’s about as much as you can ask for from a man of his stature! He has achieved everything. Yet to show this kind of interest at this stage of his career speaks volumes of him as a character. I am sure he will do a great job for KKR,” he concluded.

KKR will take on SunRisers Hyderabad in their opening match of IPL 2021, scheduled for April 11, in Chennai.

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