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Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh

Age 43IndiaINDIA
Off break Bowler

A young Harbhajan Singh bolstered his credentials after a successful home Test series against Steve Waugh's invincible Australia in 2001. Replacing an injured Anil Kumble, 'Bhajji' was crowned 'Man of the Series' in performances that stopped the Kangaroos record unbeaten run. He took 32 wickets in the series, including the first ever Test hat-trick for India.


Prior to his ascendancy during that series, Harbhajan made his ODI and Test debut in 1998. After a year in action, few noteworthy displays coupled with a suspect bowling action was all that emerged and he was eventually relegated to domestic cricket. His return after a two-year hiatus was a one filled with renewed determination that epitomized captain Sourav Ganguly's fearlessness. Following his stand-out performance against Australia, he forced selectors to rethink India's bowling line-up by opting for a two-pronged spin attack in tandem with Anil Kumble. He added further repute as a player with his pinch-hitting abilities as a tail-ender.


Following spin-ally Kumble's retirement from international cricket, the mantle was cast on The Turbanator (his nickname), especially in series abroad where India usually played with a solitary spinner. He stuck to his task in India's series victory in New Zealand in 2009, the country's first such win against the Kiwis in 40 years. In November 2010, he scaled an unprecedented summit in his batting career when he scored his maiden Test century against New Zealand, helping India to save the match.


In 2011, Harbhajan led the Mumbai franchise in the Champions League and emerged victoriously. However, a poor run of form in international cricket forced him out of the team and he was left out for the home series against West Indies and the tour to Australia later that year. Immediately, the off-spinner went back to basics and improvised in his stint with Essex. He did get a few opportunities to come back but his shoddy performances coupled with the meteoric rise of Ravichandran Ashwin meant that he had a very little opening to become the mainstay again.


Although, Harbhajan did make a comeback to the Test side and became the 10th Indian to play 100 Tests when he played against Australia in Chennai. But after that, he was dropped and sent back to the domestic format. An impressive performance for Mumbai in the 2015 Indian T20 League and Harbhajan was called up again for the only Test against Bangladesh that year. In the 2015-16 season, he played a few Tests and some ODIs and also got a chance in the 2016 World T20 squad.


Since 2016, Harbhajan hasn't played in the national colours in any format and it is very unlikely that he will make a comeback again. Although he has not announced retirement, his career is all but over. In recent years, Harbhajan has become a bowler who has been economical but hasn't been able to pick up wickets consistently. After playing for 10 years with Mumbai, he was released by the franchise and was bought by Chennai in the auction for the 2018 Indian T20 League. Just before the start of the 2020 Indian T20 League, Harbhajan pulled out of the tournament due to personal reasons and for the next edition, Kolkata acquired his services.

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Harbhajan Singh Statistics

Debut
India vs New Zealand on Apr 17, 1998
Last
India vs South Africa on Oct 25, 2015
Debut
India vs Australia on Mar 25, 1998
Last
India vs Sri Lanka on Aug 12, 2015
Debut
India vs South Africa on Dec 01, 2006
Last
India vs United Arab Emirates on Mar 03, 2016
Debut
Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore on Apr 20, 2008
Last
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore on Apr 18, 2021

Harbhajan Singh Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
23612370013.3081.06
Highest Runs49
Balls Faced31
On DateOct 25, 09
AgainstAustraliaAUS

Harbhajan Singh Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
2362079.526933.3546.394.31
Wickets Taken5
Runs31
On DateMar 28, 06
AgainstEnglandENG

Harbhajan Singh Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
71014
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Harbhajan Singh Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
10322249218.2264.80
Highest Runs115
Balls Faced193
On DateNov 04, 10
AgainstNew ZealandNZ

Harbhajan Singh Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
1034763.241732.4668.532.84
Wickets Taken8
Runs84
On DateMar 18, 01
AgainstAustraliaAUS

Harbhajan Singh Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
4206
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Harbhajan Singh Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
281080013.50124.13
Highest Runs21
Balls Faced22
On DateFeb 25, 09
AgainstNew ZealandNZ

Harbhajan Singh Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
281022525.3224.486.20
Wickets Taken4
Runs12
On DateSep 23, 12
AgainstEnglandENG

Harbhajan Singh Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
701
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Harbhajan Singh Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
1638331015.71137.91
Highest Runs64
Balls Faced24
On DateApr 12, 15
AgainstPunjab KingsPBKS

Harbhajan Singh Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
163569.215026.8622.777.07
Wickets Taken5
Runs18
On DateApr 22, 11
AgainstChennai Super KingsCSK

Harbhajan Singh Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
4908
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average
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