Harbhajan Singh, also known as the “Turbanator,” is a former Indian cricketer who was a prominent member of the Indian team for over a decade. Born on July 3, 1980, in Jalandhar, India, Harbhajan made his debut for India in 1998 and went on to represent the country in all formats of the game.
Harbhajan Singh Early Career
Harbhajan Singh started playing cricket at a young age and was a part of the Punjab Under-16 team. He made his first-class debut for Punjab in 1997 and soon caught the attention of the national selectors.
Harbhajan made his debut for India in 1998 in a Test match against Australia in Bangalore. He had a successful debut, picking up the wickets of Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh in the match.
Harbhajan Singh Rise to Fame
Harbhajan Singh’s real breakthrough came in the 2001 Test series against Australia, which is widely regarded as one of the greatest Test series of all time. He picked up 32 wickets in the series at an average of 17.03 and was instrumental in India’s historic victory over Australia in Kolkata.
Harbhajan continued his good form in the following years and played a key role in India’s run to the final of the 2003 World Cup. He picked up 17 wickets in the tournament at an average of 20.58 and was named the Player of the Series.
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In 2004, Harbhajan became the first Indian bowler to take a Test hat-trick, achieving the feat against Australia in Kolkata. He finished the series with 21 wickets and was named the Player of the Series.
Harbhajan Singh was given the opportunity to captain the Indian team in the absence of regular captain Sourav Ganguly in 2005. He led India to a series victory over Zimbabwe and also guided them to a victory in a triangular series in Sri Lanka.
However, Harbhajan’s stint as captain was short-lived, as he was replaced by Rahul Dravid for the tour of Pakistan in 2006.
Harbhajan Singh announced his retirement from international cricket in 2021, bringing an end to a long and illustrious career. He finished his career with 417 Test wickets and 269 ODI wickets, making him one of the most successful bowlers in Indian cricket history.
Harbhajan was known for his ability to turn the ball sharply and trouble the best batsmen in the world. He was also a handy lower-order batsman and scored three Test centuries during his career.
After retiring from cricket, Harbhajan Singh has been involved in various businesses and has also taken up commentary. He has been a regular feature in the commentary box during the Indian Premier League and has also been a part of the commentary team for international matches.
Harbhajan has also been actively involved in various philanthropic activities and has contributed to various causes, including education and healthcare.
Harbhajan Singh was one of the greatest bowlers to have played for India and was a true match-winner for the team. He will be remembered for his performances in some of the most important matches for India, including the 2001 Test series against Australia and the 2003 World Cup.
Harbhajan was a fierce competitor on the field and a true gentleman off it, earning the respect of his teammates and opponents alike. He will always be remembered as one of the greats of Indian cricket and a true ambassador for the sport.