Harbhajan Singh’s childlike enthusiasm at 40-plus has floored Kolkata Knight Riders vice-captain Dinesh Karthik, who mentioned the veteran off-spinner’s dedication and curiosity at this stage of his profession is a testomony to his character.
After going unsold within the first spherical of IPL auctions earlier this 12 months, Harbhajan, who additionally performed for Chennai Tremendous Kings and Mumbai Indians previously, was purchased by KKR for Rs 2 crore, a transfer that had raised many eyebrows.
However Karthik mentioned the veteran of 700-plus worldwide wickets has overwhelmed everybody by his work ethic within the final one week after he joined the IPL facet right here.
“He has been coming to apply classes early, a lot forward of all different gamers, and he has been doing it persistently. I feel he’s a special man now from no matter little I’ve seen of him this week,” Karthik instructed KKR web site on the sidelines of a apply match on the DY Patil Stadium.
“Selecting him I feel wasn’t straightforward, contemplating that he has been round for thus lengthy. However the quantity of curiosity and depth he has proven within the final one week is simply fabulous.”
Having made his Check debut means again in 1998, Harbhajan is gearing up for his 23rd skilled season.
Karthik mentioned Harbhajan has even been attending non-compulsory coaching classes, the place he’s batting his coronary heart out.
“Even in a apply recreation that begins at 7pm, he comes at four o’clock. He was batting earlier than that, he bowled to Shakib (Al Hasan) and (Eoin) Morgan, after which did his stretching once more earlier than stepping into the apply recreation.
“He’s bowling within the match and in addition fielding all 20 overs. That is about as a lot as you possibly can ask for from a person of his stature. He has achieved the whole lot, but to point out this sort of curiosity at this stage of his profession speaks volumes of him as a personality. I’m positive he’ll do an important job for KKR,” Karthik mentioned.
KKR will tackle Sunrisers Hyderabad of their opening match of IPL 2021 in Chennai on Sunday.