Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, known as Turbanator in the Indian team, finally said goodbye to international cricket after a long wait. Announcing this on 23 December 2021, he put an end to a career spanning two decades. Harbhajan, who turned 41, played the last international match for India in 2016.
Be it India’s first hat-trick in Test cricket or the miracle bowling in India’s historic win against Australia, Bhajji’s bowling was amazing. Bhajji was an important part of India’s World Cup winning team in T20 in 2007 and in 2011.
Harbhajan Singh, a veteran spinner of the Indian team, was born on 3 July 1980 in Jalandhar, Punjab. In March 1998, this flamboyant bowler made his debut in Test cricket against Australia. In the ODI against New Zealand in Sharjah, Bhajji was given the opportunity to play for the first time. In Tests and ODIs, Bhajji made such a splash with his bowling that made him a star. The bowler played a key role in the victory by taking 32 wickets in the home series against Australia.
illustrious international career:
Bhajji played 103 Test matches for India in which he took 417 wickets. He holds the record for taking the first hat-trick for India in Tests. He has achieved the feat of taking 5 or more wickets in Test 15 times. Playing 236 ODI matches, Bhajji has taken 269 wickets while he has 25 wickets in 28 T20 International matches. In international cricket, Bhajji has a total of 711 wickets in all three formats.
In batting too, Bhajji has done wonders for Team India on many occasions. He has 2224 runs to his name in Tests, which includes a total of 2 centuries and 9 half-centuries. In ODIs, this player has 1237 runs in his name, in which his highest score is 49 runs. Bhajji has scored 108 runs in T20.