Bhajji becomes coach, gives MI secrets to help KKR beat MI


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IPL 2021: Harbhajan Singh x-factor for KKR against MI. (KKR Website)

KKR vs MI in IPL 2021 – Harbhajan Singh takes role of coach vs Mumbai Indians: Harbhajan Singh in his long 23 years of cricket has played many different roles. From a budding spinner to India’s lead turner, he has been done it all. Now, at Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), his main role being the senior-most is to be a mentor to the youngsters. And he has perfectly donned it too. Harbhajan is helping out the bowlers with tips and tricks so KKR finally break the Mumbai Indians jinx on Tuesday at MA Chidambaram Stadium.

I chip in with my knowledge in whatever way I can help. How to bowl to one particular batsman, and especially I have a lot of cricket here also (Chepauk) also. So that is also something, I have been telling them. What are the areas we need to work on and what are the lengths we need to bowl,” Bhajji said during the pre-match conference on Monday.

KKR vs MI in IPL 2021: Harbhajan Singh to be x-factor for Kolkata against Mumbai

Harbhajan’s success has been mostly in the IPL where he played a crucial part in Mumbai Indians success in their three title-winning campaigns. He was a regular of the team since 2008 and even captained the side.

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He picked up as many as 24 wickets in the 2013 season and played a vital role in Mumbai’s maiden title-winning season. He was also very handy with the bat, scoring a 24-ball 64 against Kings XI Punjab in 2015, a match he tried to win after the top-order was blown away.

Furthermore, his time with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in 2018 and 2019 gives him an edge. With more favourable turning tracks at Chepauk, Harbhajan will be a force to reckon with, at least in CSK’s home games where he has been strangling opponents.

Last two seasons I was with CSK and this time I am with Kolkata Knight Riders… I would like to perform the way I did with Mumbai Indians or even do better. May be this is the time to be in purple form.

KKR vs MI in IPL 2021: Harbhajan Singh happy with his role.

Harbhajan just bowled one over against SunRisers Hyderabad and he bowled the opening over of the SunRisers innings against David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha. But after, Harbhajan was not called back to bowl.

“Whenever I see I need to chip in with my knowledge when it comes to talking to the spinners or even batters on how to play certain shots against spinner, I do talk to them and try to contribute whatever way I can. I want to give it all I have to the team so that they can be better at their own game,” said Harbhajan.

He will once again be the third option in KKR’s spin department alongside mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

KKR playing XI vs MI in IPL 2021: 

Morgan wouldn’t want to disturb the winning formula and hence is likely to stick with the same playing XI which thumped Sunrisers Hyderabad.

LIKELY XI: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy

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