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Harbhajan Singh Decides To Hang His Boots From All Forms Of Cricket
By CricShots - Dec 24, 2021 2:36 pm
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On Friday, the veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took to social media and made an announcement that he has now retired from all forms of competitive cricket. Harbhajan is fondly remembered for his sensational bowling performances in the historic 2001 Border-Gavaskar series against Australia where he had taken as many as  32 wickets in 3 matches to revive his cricketing career.

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh is among the few players who have been part of India’s historic World Cup triumphs in 2007 (T20) and 2011. He had scalped 7 wickets, bowling in tough phases in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup while leading the spin-bowling attack in 2011 as India outclassed arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final before registering a memorable in over Sri Lanka in the final.

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Notably, his last international appearance came back in 2016 in a T20 international. In his Test career of 103 Tests, Harbhajan Singh has scalped as many as 417 wickets, which is currently the fourth most number of wickets by an Indian bowler in Test Cricket.

The 41-year-old Harbhajan Singh, who featured in a few matches during the first phase of the last IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), didn’t play a single match in the UAE leg of the league tournament. Harbhajan has always shown a keen interest in grooming players and that was also his role in his later years with Mumbai Indians (MI), where he spent a fruitful decade.

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In fact, in KKR last year, Harbhajan Singh spent a lot of time mentoring Varun Chakravarthy, who has been an integral part of the franchise for the last couple of seasons. Harbhajan has played 163 matches in the IPL across 13 seasons (he didn’t take part in 2020) for Mumbai Indians (MI), Chennai Super Kings (CSK), and KKR and has taken 150 wickets at an average of 26 and his best figures being 5/18.

Here is how the cricketing fraternity reacted to Harbhajan’s retirement: