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Harbhajan Singh

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
India, Asia XI, Essex, India A, India Blue, India Green, Indian Inv XI, India Seniors, North Zone, Rest of India, Surrey, Mumbai, India Under-19, Punjab
Roles played:
Bowler
Home country:
India
Born:
July 03, 1980, Jalandhar, Punjab

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 victorious. However, 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 very little opening to become the mainstay again.


Fast Facts

  • First Indian to take a hat-trick in Tests
  • Awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour in 2009
  • Third Indian bowler to scalp 400 Test wickets
  • First number 8 batsman to score successive centuries in Tests
  • 10th Indian to play 100 Test matches


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 103 145 2224 23 18.22 64.80 2 9 115
ODI 236 128 1237 35 13.30 81.06 0 0 49
T20 28 13 108 5 13.50 124.13 0 0 21
IPL 136 84 799 35 16.30 142.42 0 1 64
CLT20 19 13 120 6 17.14 141.17 0 0 22*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 103 190 28580 13537 417 8/84 / 32.46 2.84 16 25 5 21
ODI 236 227 12479 8973 269 5/31 / 33.35 4.31 2 3 0 221
T20 28 27 612 633 25 4/12 / 25.32 6.20 1 0 0 14
IPL 136 134 2919 3385 127 5/18 / 26.65 6.95 1 1 0 70
CLT20 19 17 369 445 18 4/32 / 24.72 7.23 1 0 0 7
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 42 0 6
ODI 71 0 14
T20 7 0 1
IPL 40 0 8
CLT20 4 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
IPL 20 10 10 0 0 50
CLT20 10 4 4 0 2 40

Career

Span:
Test:
1998-2015
 
ODI:
1998-2015
 
T20:
2006-2016
 
IPL:
2008-2017
 
CLT20:
2010-2013
Test
Debut:
India Vs Australia at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - Mar 25, 1998
Last played:
India Vs Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium, Galle - Aug 12, 2015
ODI
Debut:
India Vs New Zealand at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah - Apr 17, 1998
Last played:
India Vs South Africa at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai - Oct 25, 2015
T20
Debut:
India Vs South Africa at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Dec 01, 2006
Last played:
India Vs United Arab Emirates at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Mar 03, 2016
IPL
Debut:
Mumbai Vs Bangalore at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (Bombay) - Apr 20, 2008
Last played:
Mumbai Vs Punjab at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai - May 11, 2017
CLT20
Debut:
Mumbai Vs Highveld Lions at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Sep 10, 2010
Last played:
Mumbai Vs Rajasthan at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Oct 06, 2013
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