IPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh ‘heartbroken’ after CSK’s defeat in the Final
Harbhajan ended IPL 2019 with 16 wickets from 11 matches.
Updated - May 13, 2019 3:05 pm
The Final of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) between the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Mumbai Indians (MI) turned out to be a heart-racing thriller. The game at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium was a roller coaster ride and both teams had an equal chance of winning, going into even in the last over when Lasith Malinga was needed to defend nine runs.
Both MI and CSK had won three championships prior to yesterday’s game and they know exactly what it takes to get over the line in such crunch situations. However, it was Mumbai team, captained by Rohit Sharma, that came out trumps by a mere one run. With a couple of runs needed off the final delivery, veteran Malinga pinned Shardul Thakur in front to crush CSK’s hopes of a fourth IPL title.
After the encounter, Harbhajan Singh, who has been a part of the CSK franchise for the last two seasons, was devastated by the loss. The 38-year-old found it tough to comprehend how the Super Kings lost after getting Rohit’s men by the scruff of their necks. The Jalandhar-born off-break bowler also congratulated MI the team he played for in the first 10 seasons of the IPL.
Bhajji took to Twitter and wrote, “Heartbreaking result for us Chennai Super Kings last night. Don’t know what more I can say..thank you each and every one of you who supported us throughout the season. Congratulations to Mumbai Indians for the 4th IPL Cup. Still unable to understand how we lost,”
Here is Harbhajan’s tweet:
Heart breaking result for us last night @ChennaiIPL don’t know what more I can say..thank you each and everyone of you who supported us thru out the season.. 🙏🙏🙏 congratulations to @mipaltan for the 4th IPL Cup 🙏 still unable to understand how we lost 💔
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 13, 2019
A brilliant season for CSK
Albeit his team lost the final, the experienced campaigner had an incredible outing. He played 11 matches and picked up 16 wickets at an average of 19.50 and an economy of 7.09. He didn’t play a few games in between, but stepped up and delivered whenever he was handed the cherry.
In the final, he went wicketless but gave away only 27 runs in his spell of four overs. His best figures of 3/20 came against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the opening game of the tournament at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.