On Friday, Harbhajan Singh became the second high-profile name from CSK to withdraw from IPL 2020, after Suresh Raina. The veteran clearly stated that he wanted to stay with his family and that the management has been very supportive in this decision. While there were speculations that 13 positive Covid-19 cases in the CSK camp might have forced Harbhajan to take the decision, it has now emerged that isn't the case.
A friend of Harbhajan clarified that his decision was purely personal and had nothing to do with the Covid-19 cases. “It wasn’t about the Covid cases in the Chennai camp. But if you have a wife and toddler staying in India for three months, your mind will be diverted and you can’t fully focus on the game. Then it doesn’t matter whether you get two crore or 20 crore. Money is last on your mind,” a friend of the player told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
While announcing his decision, Harbhajan had said, “I will not be playing IPL this year due to personal reasons. These are difficult times and I would expect some privacy as I spend time with my family. CSK management has been extremely supportive and I wish them a great IPL Stay safe and Jai Hind."
Harbhajan is the third-highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL with 150 wickets and joined the CSK in 2018. He was bagged for RS 2 cr. He is also one of the most economical bowlers in the history of the tournament.