Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh was signed up by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 auction for his base price of INR 2 crore. KKR have one of the best spin departments in the tournament with the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Pawan Negi in the squad other than the experienced Harbhajan.
Former skipper Dinesh Karthik is quite impressed with Harbhajan's work ethics leading up to the tournament and feels the 40-year-old will do a great job for KKR in IPL 2021.
"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," Karthik said according to KKR's official website.
"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. 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 added.
KKR take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their first match on Sunday (April 11) in Chennai, where their spinners could make quite an impact.