The feisty Sardar from Punjab – Harbhajan Singh – is back in business. On and off the field. On the field, he is conquering new heights and adding more accomplishments to his already dazzling career. Off the field he is standing up for what is right and using social media effectively to be heard.
Recently, one of his friends and his companion had to go through a terrible experience. A foreign pilot working for Jet Airways allegedly made racial remarks about an Indian woman and also abused a physically challenged man.
Once Harbhajan got to know about this, he took it upon himself to take up their fight. He tweeted about the incident and tagged all the relevant people to amplify the impact.
So called this Bernd Hoesslin a pilot with @jetairways called my fellow indian(u bloody indian get out of my flight)while he is earning here— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 26, 2017
Not only was he racist but physically assaulted a lady and abused a physically challenged man..absolutely disgraceful &shame on @jetairways— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 26, 2017
Strict action must b taken &such things should not be allowed or tolerated in r country.. #proudtobeindian let's get together and sort this— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 26, 2017
As a result, the airline was forced to de-roster the pilot and initiate an inquiry into the matter.
Harbhajan SinghI just couldn’t believe what I heard from my friends. Here was a foreigner, working for an Indian company, making his livelihood form Indian money and abusing our people and disrespecting us. This is completely unacceptable to me and I would fight it out to take it to its logical conclusion. He was misbehaving with a woman, physically attacking her, threatening her and abusing a physically challenged man. I would request Jet Airways to do a proper inquiry and take stringent action against this pilot.
200 T20 Wickets
Talking about his on-field achievement, Harbhajan recently reached the landmark figure of 200 wickets in the T20 format. Another feather in the cap of a bowler who has already taken 417 wickets in Test cricket and 269 wickets in ODIs.
Harbhajan SinghI am really grateful to the Almighty for giving me such an opportunity and platforms. Honestly, in a format where batsmen always have the advantage and you are constantly under pressure as a bowler, especially a spinner, 200 wickets are really special.
Recently, Mumbai Indians released a special video as a tribute to Harbhajan, who has played all ten seasons of the IPL with the side. It’s a remarkable achievement for a player, considering the amount of pressure and demands of performance one has to deal with at this level.
On one hand, it tells us about how important Harbhajan has been in the scheme of things for Mumbai Indians all these years and it also tells about the belief that they have in his ability and how he has lived up to their expectations on most occasions.
Harbhajan SinghMumbai is like a second home to me and MI is my second family. It has given me comfort and space to perform. I am grateful to Ambani family and every member of MI who has been part of the journey. And I am looking forward to play my part in making this year’s IPL memorable for my team.
Consistency is the Key
It’s all about consistency. Consistency from team management is reflected in the consistency of players’ performances.
Harbhajan SinghLook we have a very settled unit over the years. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, there is a lot of positive energy and belief that we can overcome any situation anytime and that’s largely because we have stayed together as a unit.
He has a point when one sees teams like Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai enjoying an impressive record in the IPL.
What Harbhajan has done remarkably well this season is to keep the role of fingers spinners alive in this format. Apart from Harbhajan, this tournament has been all about leg spinners, or to say wrist spinners. But Harbhajan has mixed his skill with experience and given the required control in the middle overs to his side. He has only given 5.88 runs per over in the tournament so far, the second best economy rate of the tournament.
Harbhajan SinghMy job is to contain the runs first and create pressure on the opposition. In that process I get wickets as well. My Interest is always aligned with the interest of the team. If my team wants me to control the run rate, I will do that first and if my team wants me to attack the batsman and go for wickets, I will do that. Cricket is a team game and one has to chase collective glory rather than individual recognition.
‘I am in a Happy Space’
Doing this year after year hasn’t been easy, but if one still feels that he is as good as anyone else in the international circuit, things fall in place.
Harbhajan SinghI have seen a lot in last few years, from frustration to dejection to rejection. Everything. But then that wasn’t helping me and I changed my mindset as I realised I can only control the controllable. Today, when I look back I am extremely proud of my journey, from where I started and what I have achieved. I started under Azhar bhai, long ago in 1998 when I made my debut for the country. At that time, I was a kid and today I am father of a kid. Some of the players I bowl to in the IPL are born after 1998.
“Today I am in such a happy space. I have life outside cricket and I look forward to spending time with my family and newly born daughter. And that helps me to enjoy my cricket as much as I use to enjoy as a youngster. I play my cricket, try my best, give more than hundred percent,” added Harbhajan.
Importance of Life Outside Cricket
“But trust me every cricketer should have a life outside cricket. It helps your cricket and life at large,” advised the man who has spent two decades in international cricket.
Despite being out of the national side, year after year, Harbhajan rolls up his sleeves and doesn’t leave any moment to impress everyone and remind us that there is still some amount of cricket left in him. Now there is another motivation from him to do so, “I want my daughter to see me playing for India.”
He wins or loses, he reaches at the top or not, one thing is sure with Bhajji – he will always be a fighter; on and off the field.
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