Full Name Harbhajan Singh
Born July 3, 1980
Jalandhar, Punjab
Age 38 Years, 11 Months, 14 Days
National Side India
Batting Style Right Handed
Bowling Off break
Batting Rank Test - NA, ODI - NA, World Cup - NA, T20I - NA, IPL - NA, CL - NA
Bowling Rank Test - NA, ODI - NA, World Cup - NA, T20I - NA, IPL - NA, CL - NA
Teams Played India, Asia XI, Essex, India A, India Blue, India Green, Indian Inv XI, India Seniors, North Zone, Rest of India, Surrey, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, India Under-19, Punjab
Man of the Match Test - 6, ODI - 4, World Cup - 0, T20I - 1, IPL - 8, CL - 2,
Career Span [Test, 1998 - 2015], [ODI, 1998 - 2015], [World Cup, 2003 - 2011], [T20I, 2006 - 2016], [IPL, 2008 - 2019], [CL, 2010 - 2014],

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.

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Harbhajan Singh Overall Stats

Batting & Fielding Performance

  M I N/O R HS 100s 50s 4s 6s Avg S/R Ct St
Test 103 145 23 2224 115 v NZ 2 9 277 42 18.22 64.80 42 0
ODI 236 128 35 1237 49 v AUS 0 0 92 35 13.30 81.06 71 0
World Cup 21 12 3 93 28 v AUS 0 0 8 3 10.33 82.30 6 0
T20I 28 13 5 108 21 v NZ 0 0 11 4 13.50 124.13 7 0
IPL 159 88 35 829 64 v KXIP 0 1 79 42 15.64 138.16 48 0
CL 22 15 6 148 22* v SYS 0 0 13 8 16.44 135.78 7 0

Bowling Performance

  I O M R W Best 3w 5w Avg E/R S/R
Test 190 4763.2 870 13537 417 8/84 v AUS 26 25 32.46 2.84 68.53
ODI 227 2079.5 83 8973 269 5/31 v ENG 20 3 33.35 4.31 46.39
World Cup 20 192.2 8 808 20 3/53 v SA 1 0 40.40 4.20 57.70
T20I 27 102 5 633 25 4/12 v ENG 1 0 25.32 6.20 24.48
IPL 156 558.2 6 3940 150 5/18 v CSK 9 1 26.26 7.05 22.33
CL 20 73.3 1 518 20 4/32 v RR 2 0 25.90 7.04 22.05

Harbhajan Singh Profile

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.

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