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Should Have Been Picked to Play in IPL Final, Says Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh. (BCCI Photo)

Harbhajan Singh. (BCCI Photo)

Mumbai beat Pune by 1 run to win the title for a record third time but they did so without the help of their most experienced spinner in the line-up.

New Delhi: Star India spinner Harbhajan Singh has said that he should have been picked to play in the final of the recently-concluded tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) against Rising Supergiant, which finished with Mumbai beating Rising Pune Supergiant on Sunday night.

Mumbai beat Pune by 1 run to win the title for a record third time but they did so without the help of their most experienced spinner in the line-up.

Throughout the course of the season, Bhajji was Mumbai’s most economical bowlers as he scalped 8 wickets in 11 matches at an economy rate of 6.95. Still, the off-spinner wasn’t in the playing eleven for Mumbai in the championship clash and was replaced by leg-spinner Karn Sharma.

“Obviously frustrating when you’re sitting out and watching the game and it is something which is out of your control," Harbhajan was quoted as saying by NDTV.

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"Till last year, I was part of the management that used to pick the playing XI. But this time I needed to spend time with my family," he added.

“I respect the management’s decision. I won’t cry about this. I am a team man. Mahela (Jayawardene) spoke to me about a lot of right-handers in the Pune team so they want to play a leg-spinner but as an off-spinner most of my wickets in any formats have been right handers," said Harbhajan.

“I believe. This is what I feel. But in the end what matters is that we won," he concluded.