After donning the traditional blue kit for Mumbai Indians for ten years and being a part of their three championships, Harbhajan Singh gets all teary eyes ahead of the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings clash. The opening match of the Indian Premier League 2018, will see the defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings, who come to this edition of the IPL after serving a two years ban, in the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai from 8:00 PM (IST) on April 7, 2018.
There are many speculations with the kicker of the game; it is going to be as once again Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be seen in Chennai’s trademark yellow kit, leading a band of veterans like Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, etc. Chennai was banned for two years because of IPL scamming which saw Mahi fighting for Rising Pune Super Giants and becoming a nightmare for the likes of Axar Patel who went for 26 runs in the last over in the game between Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Super Giants in 2016.
But this article is not on Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the latest Padma Bhushan awardee, this is about Harbhajan Singh and his first homecoming match in the same stadium that once screamed his name every time he hit a boundary or claimed a wicket with his doosra. Now, the same Wankhede will have its fingers crossed every time Harbhajan Singh would come to bowl against his former team.
On Instagram, Mumbai Indians on their official handle shared a photo of Rohit Sharma, skipper of the Mumbai Indians team and Harbhajan Singh sharing a brotherly moment with the caption, “Then teammates, now opponents but friends forever!”
Friendship is something that can stand the test of time and it is expected that even though Harbhajan will be playing for a different team but will always have his respect for his former teammates. “It wasn’t one season but 10 years and obviously I know the kind of cricket that they play, but then it’s no secret because with every team playing each other over the years, each knows how the other approach the game, the brand of cricket that they play,” Harbhajan told the press.
The emotions are high on both sides as the 37-year old turbanator expressed his nostalgia for his former team. “It’ll be a game filled with emotions for me given that this was my home ground for the first 10 seasons,” quoted the former MI skipper, Harbhajan. However, he is all professional and he believes that Chennai Super Kings not only have the audacity and the talent to take on any rival on any day but also to beat them.
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