Indian Premier League, when it comes to its popularity and glory, not every other league can match IPL. International players, domestic players, T20 specialists and cricket experts, everyone who is related to the field of cricket waits for this carnival. The 8-team tournament was all set for yet another grand opening before the Covid-19 pandemic took everyone by surprise.
Out the 8 teams in IPL, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings’ rivalry is yet another special thing about the IPL. Such is the craze of these franchises that National and International players dream of wearing the jersey of either of the two teams in their career but a few could manage to do that.
However, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu are the few lucky players, who have managed to wear both the Scintillating Blue and the radiant Yellow jerseys of MI and CSK respectively.
After a 10-year long journey with his former franchise Mumbai Indians, Harbhajan Singh moved to Chennai Super Kings in the 2018 season. In a live Instagram session with Rupha Ramani for Chennai Super Kings, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh revealed his feelings when he first time donned the Radiant Yellow of CSK.
Remembering the day when he donned the Radiant Yellow first time, Harbhajan compared the rivalry to Indo-Pak matches as he said, “First time, it was very strange. I was like ‘what is this? Is this a dream?’ Whenever we played against CSK, it was like India-Pakistan, it was a tough game. Then suddenly, I was not wearing blue and wearing yellow was difficult. It was very difficult to get used to.”
Clearly, it was not an exaggeration of things as CSK and MI are the two most successful franchises in IPL. The two-powerhouses stand neck to neck whenever they meet in 2-month long Carnival. CSK and MI also have largest of the fan bases to notch the decibel levels as high as anything. And you can guess a player’s condition, who is playing against his former franchise for the first time in 11 years.
“Luckily, we played our first match against Mumbai. I was like, ‘it was good we got over this match early’. Throughout the first season, it was difficult. After that, we won the trophy. The second season was better,” he added.