Harbhajan Singh

Country: India
Born: July 03, 1980, Jullundur (now Jalandhar), Punjab
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Bowler

Harbhajan Singh Bio

Harbhajan Singh, also known as the ‘Turbanator’, is a renowned Indian cricket player who left an indelible mark in the history of the sport. Born on July 3, 1980, in Jalandhar, Punjab, Harbhajan became one of the most successful Indian spinners of his time. With his fiery bowling technique and impressive variations, he proved to be a formidable opponent for batsmen across the globe.

From a young age, Harbhajan displayed immense passion and talent for cricket. He rose through the ranks and made his international debut for India in March 1998 against Australia. Although he had a slow start to his career, it did not take long for him to establish his presence on the international stage. In a remarkable display of skill and determination, Harbhajan gained recognition during the iconic Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2001.

During this series, Harbhajan wreaked havoc on the Australian batting lineup. His unforgettable performance included a sensational hat-trick in the famous Kolkata Test match, making him the first Indian to achieve this feat. By the end of the series, he had accumulated an astonishing 32 wickets, leading India to a historic victory and etching his name in cricketing folklore.

Harbhajan’s battles with the Australians became legendary, and he consistently raised his game against them. Testifying to his prowess, he dismissed renowned batsman Ricky Ponting on multiple occasions, often for minimal runs. These encounters showcased his competitive spirit and ability to perform under pressure.

However, not all chapters of Harbhajan’s career were without controversy. In 2008, he found himself embroiled in an unpleasant confrontation with Andrew Symonds during the Indian Premier League (IPL). Initially charged with racial abuse, the charges were later reduced to verbal abuse. It was an unfortunate incident that marred his otherwise stellar career.

Despite this setback, Harbhajan remained a valuable asset for Indian cricket. He played a crucial role in India’s triumph during the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in 2007. While adapting his game to the shortest format of the sport took some time, he eventually became a force to be reckoned with.

Harbhajan also proved his mettle in Test cricket, becoming an integral part of India’s formidable home record. His lethal partnership with fellow spin maestro Anil Kumble earned him accolades, with the duo taking a staggering 366 wickets in the 34 Test matches they played together. This exceptional partnership contributed significantly to India’s dominance on pitches that were typically considered batting-friendly.

With a tally of 417 Test wickets, Harbhajan remained India’s most successful offspinner until R Ashwin surpassed him in 2021. His remarkable achievements in international cricket, including his crucial performances in various formats of the game, solidified his place as a true legend of Indian cricket.

Off the field, Harbhajan showed his leadership capabilities by captaining the Mumbai Indians in the IPL for ten seasons between 2008 and 2017. Through his astute captaincy, he played a pivotal role in the team’s success. His association with the franchise allowed him to develop a close bond with Andrew Symonds, illustrating the power of forgiveness and moving past conflicts for the greater good of the game.

Harbhajan Singh’s career has inspired countless young cricketers, especially those aspiring to be spinners. His passion, skill, and never-say-die attitude have left an enduring legacy in the sport. Even after his retirement from international cricket, his impact continues to be felt, and his contributions to Indian cricket will forever be cherished.

Harbhajan Singh Career Stats

Harbhajan Singh Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 103 145 23 2224 115 18.22 3432 64.8 2 9 277 42 42 0
T20Is 28 13 5 108 21 13.5 87 124.13 0 0 11 4 7 0
ODIs 236 128 35 1237 49 13.3 1526 81.06 0 0 92 35 71 0
FC 198 268 46 4255 115 19.16 - - 2 15 - - 100 0
List A 334 194 54 2134 79* 15.24 - - 0 2 - - 112 0
T20s 268 155 52 1512 78 14.67 1178 128.35 0 2 141 73 83 0

Harbhajan Singh Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 103 190 28580 13537 417 8/84 15/217 32.46 2.84 68.5 16 25 5
T20Is 28 27 612 633 25 4/12 4/12 25.32 6.2 24.4 1 0 0
ODIs 236 227 12479 8973 269 5/31 5/31 33.35 4.31 46.3 2 3 0
FC 198 - 48055 22652 780 8/84 - 29.04 2.82 61.6 - 41 8
List A 334 - 17533 12698 393 5/31 5/31 32.31 4.34 44.6 5 4 0
T20s 268 256 5471 6194 235 5/18 5/18 26.35 6.79 23.2 3 1 0

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