Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Friday announced retirement from all forms of competitive cricket.
The 41-year-old from Punjab took 417 wickets in 103 tests, 269 wickets in 236 ODIs and 25 scalps in 28 T20Is in his illustrious career. In the IPL across 13 seasons for the Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders, he has scalped 150 wickets in 163 games.
Harbhajan, who made his debut in India during an ODI against New Zealand in Sharjah in 1998, last played for the country in March 2016 during a T20I against the UAE in Dhaka.
Harbhajan was an integral part of the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup winning team.
All good things come to an end, and today, as I say goodbye to the game that has given me everything in life, I want to thank everyone who made this 23 year long journey beautiful and memorable.
My heartfelt thanks 🙏 Grateful .https: //t.co/iD6WHU46MU
– Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 24, 2021
“All good things come to an end, and today, as I say goodbye to the game that has given me everything in life, I want to thank everyone who made this 23 year long journey beautiful and memorable.
My heartfelt thanks, Grateful, ”he wrote on Twitter.
Harbhajan was in a couple of matches in the first phase of the IPL 2021 for Kolkata Knight Riders, but did not manage to play a match in the UAE part of the tournament.
“In my mind, I retired earlier, but I’m posting the announcement today,” Harbhajan said on his YouTube channel.
“My journey from the streets of Jalandhar to becoming a Turnabator for Team India has been a beautiful one. There is no greater motivation for me in life than to step out on the field wearing the India jersey.
“There comes a time in life when we have to make a difficult decision, you have to move on in life. I have been waiting for the last few years to publish this announcement – I am withdrawing from all forms of cricket.”
Harbhajan Singh is one of India’s most successful off-spin bowlers. He made his Test debut against Australia in 1998. His bowling action was called into question early in his career, prompting him to switch to his brand of wind turbine whiplash.
Harbhajan broke into national prominence in the 2001 Test series, where India hosted Steve Waugh’s all-conquering Australian side. Harbhajan took 32 wickets and became the first Indian to take a test hat trick on his way to the total. He continued to be a major player for India in all formats of the game for almost a decade under Sourav Ganguly first and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Harbhajan has also had its fair share of controversies, most notably ‘Monkey Gate’ when India toured Australia in 2007-08. Harbhajan is also known for his aggressive, almost overwhelming fighting style and has scored two Test centuries in his career.