Harbhajan Singh and CSK rubbish reports of him joining Delhi Daredevils as a mentor
It was earlier reported that the Daredevils franchise is looking to get its support staff redone ahead of the 12th edition of the league.
Updated - Sep 6, 2018 6:22 pm
Ever since the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League in 2008, the Delhi Daredevils have been the perennial wooden-spooners, almost always. When they have the right combination of players, their support staff has not up to the mark. And when they have a good support staff, their players tend to underperform.
It was earlier reported that the franchise is looking to get its support staff redone ahead of the 12th edition of the league. That’s when the name of Harbhajan Singh, who played for the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, popped up in the scene as he was speculated to be joining the Daredevils as a mentor.
However, the off-spinner has rubbished these reports and confirmed that he will be available as a player for the Super Kings in the upcoming season. CSK officials have also confirmed that Bhajji is committed to the yellow brigade. “Harbhajan called us from UK to clarify that he is not going anywhere and is committed to the CSK franchise,” Kasi Viswanath, CSK’s CEO was quoted as saying by The Mumbai Mirror.
Kumble in line to become the mentor of Daredevils?
Another report has suggested that Delhi officials are in talks with former Indian head coach Anil Kumble for the role of the mentor. Kumble has in the past been a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians’ support staff in past as a mentor.
“We’ve touched based with him. The talks are on. If we are able to convince him, it would be great,” Parth Jindal, JSW’s head, was quoted as saying by The Mumbai Mirror.
Harbhajan’s IPL career
As for Harbhajan, he last played for India in a T20I in 2016, against the United Arab Emirates. His IPL season with Chennai Super Kings wasn’t any extraordinary, and he was also dropped for the Qualifier 1 game. He took 7 wickets from 13 games and at times wasn’t even introduced in the attack since skipper MS Dhoni had a lot of options in hand. Overall, he has 134 IPL wickets from 149 games, at an economy of 7.05.