Harbhajan Singh, the veteran spinner, tried to put forth the difference between playing at the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The tweaker started his IPL career for MI itself back in 2008 and went on to play for 10 seasons in a row. The Punjab-born was also a part of the Mumbai team when it won the championship back in 2013, 2015 and 2015.
In 2018, he moved to the Super Kings and got to lift the trophy yet again. Harbhajan is nearing 40 and the CSK, led by MS Dhoni, hasn’t lost faith in him, retaining him for the 2020 edition of the T20 league. Talking about both teams, Bhajji felt that there’s stark contrast between them. He expressed his opinions during an Instagram Live with MI captain Rohit Sharma.
“Two teams are completely different. At MI, everything should be perfect practice… meetings. It’s a very professionally-run team. It’s a very good team, I have played 10 years there,” Harbhajan was quoted as saying during the chat.
I have observed it’s a very relaxed team: Harbhajan Singh
Having plied his trade for two years, Singh reckons that the atmosphere in the CSK setup is a relaxed one. Even as there’s minimum pressure at the CSK, Harbhajan said that at MI, there was more pressure of winning matches.
“In the 2 years, I have played for Chennai Super Kings, I have observed it’s a very relaxed team. There are not many meetings. Everything is left to the players. There is not much match pressure at CSK. However, I felt a bit of pressure playing for Mumbai Indians. At MI, there is pressure to win every match which is also good,” he added.
Even Rohit said that the CSK is a relaxed team. “I have also heard Chennai Super Kings have a relaxed atmosphere. But I think there is a balance between the two, maintaining the balance is important.
“Over the last 2-3 years, we have made sure to maintain the balance winning and losing is part and parcel of the game but at the end of the day, you have to make sure you have to give your 100 percent. We are trying to strike that balance,” Rohit Sharma, the most successful IPL skipper, said.
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