2011 World Cup Winner Harbhajan Singh Announces Retirement From All Forms Of Cricket
Harbhajan was an integral part of the Indian team across formats in the 2000s and was part of the teams that won the 2007 ICC WT20 and the 2011 ICC World Cup.
- Harbhajan Singh picked up 417 wickets in 103 Tests for India
- Harbhajan Singh picked up India's first Test hat-trick in 2001
- Harbhajan won the 2007 ICC WT20 and 2011 ICC World Cup with Indian team
Veteran India spinner Harbhajan Singh announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday. The off-spinner took to Twitter to make the announcement and also shared a video on Youtube in which he explained the reason behind his decision. Harbhajan was an integral part of the Indian team across formats in the 2000s and won the 2007 ICC WT20 and the 2011 ICC World Cup with the team under MS Dhoni's captaincy. Harbhajan shot to fame in 2001 as he played a stellar role in helping India beat Steve Waugh's all-conquering Australian side in a home Test series. The off-spinner picked up 32 wickets in the series, which included a hat-trick in the landmark 2nd Test in Eden Gardens in Kolkata, which was the first by an Indian bowler.
"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," Harbhajan wrote on Twitter.
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.— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 24, 2021
My heartfelt thank you ???? Grateful .https://t.co/iD6WHU46MU
Harbhajan made his international debut as a 17-year-old against Australia in Bengaluru in March 1998. He would go on to pick up 417 wickets in 103 Test matches and remains India's fourth highest wicket-taker in Test cricket. Harbhajan represented India in 236 ODIs, in which he picked up 269 wickets. He also picked up 25 wickets in 28 T20Is for India.
Harbhajan was a part of the India team, which achieved a lot of success away from home under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. He is among the select few Indian cricketers who have played two ICC World Cup finals, losing to Australia in 2003 and winning against Sri Lanka in 2011.
Harbhajan played a key role in India's dominance in Test cricket at home, which saw the team rise to the top of the ICC Test rankings for the first time. His partnership with spin legend Anil Kumble was a highlight of several Indian victories.
Harbhajan also had a long and successful career in the Indian Premier League (IPL) turning out for top franchises like Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. His last association was with Kolkata Knight Riders. He is currently the 5th highest wicket-taker in IPL history, with 150 scalps to his name in 163 matches.