Harbhajan Singh’s childish enthusiasm over 40 turns Kolkata Knight Riders vice-captain Dinesh Kartik, who said the veteran’s dedication and interest outside of spinning at this stage of his career is a testament to his character.
Once not sold in the first round of IPL Auctions earlier this year, Harbhajan, who in the past also played for the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, was bought by KKR for Rs 2 crores, a move that raised many eyebrows.
But Kartik said the veteran of more than 700 international wickets has conquered all of his work ethic in the past week after joining the IPL country here.
“He comes to practice early, far ahead of all the other players and does it consistently. I think he’s a different person now than the little I’ve seen from him this week,” Kartik said on KKR’s website on the sidelines of a training session. match at DY Patil Stadium.
“Choosing him I don’t think was easy, given that he’s been around for so long. But the amount of interest and intensity he’s shown over the last week is just great.”
After making his debut in 1998, Harbhajan is preparing for his 23rd professional season.
Kartik said Harbhajan had even attended optional training sessions where he beat his heart.
“Even in a practice game that starts at 7pm, he arrives at 4am. He beat before that, he bowed to Shakib (Al Hassan) and (Eoin) Morgan, and then did his stretching again before entering in the workout game.
“He bowls in the game and also puts all 20 overs. That’s about as much as you can ask a man of his height. He’s achieved everything, but showing that kind of interest at this point in his career says a lot about him. as a character. I’m sure it will do a great job for KKR, “said Kartik.
KKR will face Sunrisers Hyderabad in their first match of the IPL 2021 in Chennai on Sunday.