Harbhajan Singh reveals the reason why he has picked more wickets this season!

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IPL 2019 | Taking 150 wickets in IPL is satisfying, says Harbhajan Singh

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05/11/2019

Harbhajan Singh, who secured his 150th IPL wicket last night, is ecstatic to reach the milestone and stated that he is very satisfied to excel in a format that he previously didn’t have any knowledge about. He has also joked about Ishant Sharma’s six saying he never thought the pacer could hit one.

In what was a crucial game for both Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals, spinner Harbhajan Singh returned with figures of 2 for 31 in four overs as Delhi Capitals posted a total of 147/9 in 20 overs. Harbhajan was successful in sending Shikhar Dhawan and Sherfane Rutherford packing, which eventually proved to be an important contribution in the context of the game. Everything said and done, Harbhajan took his 150th IPL wicket which he imagined to get in his career.

“This is a different format from the ones I have played in the past, and I have 150 odd wickets in this format, which is very satisfying. I'm competing with the young guys and going along just the way I have always gone about my bowling. This year I have got a lot of wickets, mainly because we played in Chennai which suited spinners a bit more. 

“I bowled a lot of overs in the powerplay which is really tough in IPL, but if there is something in the wicket, then Dhoni wanted me to bowl in the powerplay and pick quick wickets,” said Harbhajan had said at the end of the first innings.

Ishant Sharma’s resilience in the red-ball cricket is known to all, but he could hardly slog a ball in the white-ball cricket. However, in the penultimate ball of the final over, the Delhite stepped out to hit Jadeja down the ground for four and to prove that the shot was not a flash in the pan, he again danced down the wicket and mashed one over the bowler's head for a six to make 10 off three balls. Harbhajan joked that he never thought his former India teammate would be able to hit the ball like that.

“The last two hits by Ishant, I never thought he'd be able to hit the ball like that. I think with 147 on the board, we need to bat well to defend it, just need to bat the way we have normally batted, maybe a little better than that (laughs),” he added.

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