Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has decided to retire from all forms of cricket. The 41-year-old played 103 Tests where he picked up 417 wickets, which is fourth on the list of highest wicket-takers for India. Alongside Anil Kumble, he wreaked havoc with the ball and spun webs around the opposition batsmen.
Harbhajan has also represented three teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL) – Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, and Kolkata Knight Riders during his 23-year-old long career. He was part of KKR when it reached the final in the IPL 2021 season.
The veteran last played for the Men in Blue back on March 4, 2016, against the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Known fondly as ‘Bhajji’, Harbhajan’s stellar record in Tests made him one of the most successful bowlers for India.
Taking to Twitter, he announced his retirement.
Here’s Harbhajan Singh’s tweet:
“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.“
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 .https://t.co/iD6WHU46MU
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 24, 2021
The off-spinner took 25 five-wicket hauls for India, and it included career-best figures of 8/84 against the mighty Aussies in 2000-01. He has also scored two centuries for the team, with both coming against New Zealand at home.
In ODIs, Harbhajan took 269 wickets in 236 international matches with a best of 5/31 coming against England at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. Although he hasn’t scored a fifty in the format, his lower-order contributions will never be forgotten.