Harbhajan Singh, veteran off-spinner of the Indian cricket team, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday. Harbhajan gave this information on social media.
Bhajji posted a video on his Instagram page in which he said, ‘My journey from the narrow streets of Jalandhar to Turbanator of Team India in the last 25 years has been very beautiful. Whenever I have come on the field wearing India jersey, there is hardly anything else in my life than that. But there comes a point in life when you have to take decisions. And you have to move forward in life.
I wanted to make an announcement for the last few years. And that’s what I’ve been waiting for when I can share this with you. I am taking retirement from all forms of cricket today. Although consciously I had already taken this retirement. But could not declare. Anyway, for some time I was not able to play active cricket.
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Harbhajan Singh Cricket Career
Harbhajan Singh, popularly known as Bhajji, has played 103 test matches for Team India. He has 417 wickets in his name. In ODIs, he has taken 269 wickets in 236 matches. Bhajji has played 28 matches for India in T20. In this, he has taken 25 wickets.
All good things come to an end and today as I bid adieu to the game that has given me everything in life, I would like to thank everyone who made this 23-year-long journey beautiful and memorable.
My heartfelt thank you 🙏 Grateful .https://t.co/iD6WHU46MU— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 24, 2021
First Indian to Take a Hat-trick in Test
Harbhajan is the first Indian to take a hat-trick in Tests. He took a record 32 wickets in 3 matches against Australia in the 2001 Border Gavaskar Trophy. Harbhajan was a member of the winning team of T20 World Cup (2007) and ODI World Cup (2011).
Debut in 1998 Against Australia
The 41-year-old Harbhajan played 103 Tests, 236 ODIs and 28 T20 Internationals for India. He made his ODI debut against Australia in 1998. Bhajji has taken 417 wickets in Tests, 269 in ODIs and 25 wickets in T20Is.
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Played his Last Match in 2016 Asia Cup
In 2016, Harbhajan played his last T20 match against UAE in the Asia Cup. This was also his last international match. In IPL, Harbhajan has 150 wickets in 163 matches. He has played for Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Harbhajan, 41, was a part of Kolkata Knight Riders in this IPL season. However, he did not get a chance to play a single match in the second phase of IPL 2021.