Harbhajan Singh, who announced his retirement on Christmas Eve has made a statement on how Captain Cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni survived in the dressing room for so long. He uttered the role of authorities who backed Dhoni for his roles and that made him comfortable for long.
“All good things come to an end and today as I bid adieu to the game that has given me everything in life, I would like to thank everyone who made this 23-year-long journey beautiful and memorable. My heartfelt thank you,” he had written on Twitter, while announcing his retirement.
Harbhajan Singh, veteran spinner and prudent player for the Indian side was quite active in IPL and is a regular voice in Commentary while he last donned Indian Jersey in 2016 since then he was out of the brigade.
He, however, said in a recent interview that he could have played for few more years had BCCI supported players the way they did former captain MS Dhoni. “Dhoni had better backing than other players and if the rest of the players would have got the same kind of backing, then they would have played as well. It wasn’t as if the rest of the players forgot to swing a bat or didn’t know how to bowl all of a sudden,” he told Zee News.
“I was 31 when I took 400 wickets and if I would have played another 4-5 years, keeping in mind the kind of standards I had set for myself, I can tell you that I would have taken another 100-150 wickets or more,” he added.
Turbanator, as he was popularly Called was a prudent spinner who knew how the ball needs to move when you have to chuck out batter from the crease. Harbhajan Singh went on to take 417 Test wickets in 103 Tests, 269 wickets in 236 ODIs, and 25 wickets in 28 T20Is. In the IPL across 13 seasons for Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, and Kolkata Knight Riders, he has bagged 150 wickets in 163 matches.
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