The IPL auction went underway on 8th February, 2021. Among all the big buys, there were a few surprises as well. One of them was the veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh getting sold to Kolkata Knight Riders. The veteran Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh has already tasted success in the Indian Premier League. The off-spinner won the IPL trophy with Mumbai Indians thrice in 2013, 2015, and 2017. He then won another trophy with the Chennai Super Kings in 2018. The India cricketer remained at CSK till 2020, but did not travel with the franchise to UAE last season citing personal reasons.
Harbhajan was released by CSK earlier this year, and he was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders at his base price of ₹2 crore at the auction on Thursday. The 39-year-old did not receive a bid when his name was called out first, but he was called again in the accelerated leg of the auctions, and KKR were the only team to bid for him and get his services. In a tweet, Harbhajan expressed his gratitude to KKR and said that he would give his 100 percent commitment to the franchise.
“Looking forward to win another (trophy symbol) with purple and gold.. thank you for having me.. all you will get from me is 100 percent commitment at all time.. see you all soon,”– Harbhajan Singh tweeted
Meanwhile, former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir pointed out that the team is still short in a particular department for the upcoming season, and it may put them in trouble.
“Indian batting is a huge problem for the Kolkata Knight Riders. Apart from Shubman Gill and to a certain extent Nitish Rana, I don’t see so much of quality. Dinesh Karthik bats too low in the batting lineup, he has had a horrible season last time around.”– Gautam Gambhir