Bengaluru: Whenever Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) meet in the Indian Premier League (IPL) it is like India versus Pakistan contest, veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said.

Harbhajan played for MI for 10 years before he was bought by the MS Dhoni-led CSK for Rs 2 crore in 2018 players’ auction.

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On Wednesday night (May 6), Harbhajan was asked how it felt to play for CSK after being with MI for 10 seasons. He said it was a “difficult scenario” for him to wear the yellow jersey for the first time in 2018.

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“First time, I felt is this a dream or what is it like? Whenever we played against CSK, it was an India-Pakistan kind of a game. It was always a tough game to play against each other,” Harbhajan said in a live chat session with CSK’s official page on Instagram.

“Suddenly I was not wearing blue (jersey) and I was wearing yellow. It was a difficult kind of a scenario for me to get into it and get used to it. Luckily, we played our first game against Mumbai and that was in Mumbai (at the Wankhede Stadium). I felt, first match is over, shukhar hain (thanks).

“I did not understand that I played 10 years (for Mumbai) and to get used to a yellow jersey. The season got over and we (CSK) won. Next season was okay. It was good. And, the third season I was looking forward to it. But it has not happened so far. For me, it was difficult to understand what was going on in the first match (for CSK),” he added.

The 13th edition of the IPL has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. India is under a lockdown until May 17. Last year, the Rohit Sharma-led MI defeated CSK in the final to win a record fourth IPL trophy.