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India spinner Harbhajan Singh will represent the Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after the Mumbai Indians opted to let him go.
The Indians did not retain Harbhajan and when his name came up at the auction over the weekend, the Super Kings bought him at his base price of INR 2 crores.
Despite switching teams after spending 10 seasons with the Indians, the 37-year-old insisted that he harbours no ill feelings towards the franchise.
“Well, for 10 years I was part of that team and time simply flew,” he told The Times of India. “It doesn’t matter if I was surprised or not, every team has its own planning and they went about their job. They clearly told me about what they felt about player retention and I have no hard feelings, I respect their decision.
“They are looking to build the team for the future and I am thankful to MI for the brilliant 10 years and the five trophies (three IPLs and two Champions League titles) that I won with them. But now it’s time to move ahead and you cannot get a better team than CSK.”
Harbhajan is likely to fill the shoes of Ravichandran Ashwin, who was bought by the Kings XI Punjab for INR 7.6 crores during the auction. Despite acknowledging that he will be under pressure to live up to expectations, Harbhajan admitted that he is excited about representing the Super Kings this year.
“I know Ashwin has his own fanbase and that is perfectly fine. But at the end of the day, many of them are CSK fans and they will support whoever plays in yellow,” he said. “Obviously I am excited about it. They are one of the strongest teams ever in the IPL and I am looking forward to be part of the team.”