Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Legendary spinner Harbhajan Singh retires from All forms of Cricket

Legendary spinner Harbhajan Singh retires from All forms of Cricket

Legendary spinner Harbhajan Singh, the first Indian bowler to take a Test hat-trick, has announced his retirement from all types of Cricket. He loops out as the country's fourth-highest wicket-taker with 417 only behind Anil Kumble, R Ashwin, and Kapil Dev.

Harbhajan is now 40, and he ends his career having played 103 Tests, 28 T20Is, and 236 ODIs for India. Harbhajan made his debut for India in 1998 in an ODI against Australia and was also part of India's winning WT20 squad in 2007 and the side which lifted the 2011 World Cup in India. Harbhajan Singh picked up seven wickets in the first edition of the T20 World Cup as he led the spin-bowling charge and was India's main spin-bowling option in the 2011 ODI WC, where India beat Sri Lanka in the final to lift the World cup trophy.

Harbhajan said on his official YouTube channel.

"My journey from a streets of Jalandhar to become a Turnabator for Team India has been a awesome one. There is no bigger insipiraton for me in life than stepping out on the field while wearing Team India jersey. But, there comes a period in life where we have to take a harsh decision and you have to move ahead in life. I was waiting from last few years to make this announcement in public Now I am retiring from all forms of Cricket,"

Legendary spinner Harbhajan Singh retires from All forms of Cricket 1twitter image @harbhajan_singh

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The veteran off-spinner last represented India in 2016 in a T20I but continued to play in the Indian Premier League till earlier this year, when he was a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad. In a stellar IPL career, Harbhajan represented three sides - Mumbai Indians (2008-2017), Chennai Super Kings (2018-2019), and Kolkata Knight Riders (2021), lifting the title on four occasions - thrice with MI and once with CSK.

"In many ways, I had already retired as a cricketer, but hadn't been able to make a formal announcement. I haven't been an active cricketer for a while. But I had a commitment to Kolkata Knight Riders, and wanted to spend the (2021) IPL season with them. But during the season itself, I had made up my mind to retire," Harbhajan added.

In the 2000s, Harbhajan became the country's top spinner and the great Kumble. Harbhajan's coming-of-age series was the 2001 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, where he grabbed a hat-trick in the famous Eden Gardens Test in Kolkata. He dismissed Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, and Shane Warne off successive deliveries as India completed arguably their most renowned Test wins of all time.

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