Harbhajan Singh withdraws from all formats of the game




“In many ways I had already retired as a cricketer but hadn’t been able to make an official announcement.”

Harbhajan Singh announced his retirement from all formats of the game. In a video message on Twitter, the former Indian spinner said that “in many ways I had already retired”, but due to his engagements with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, he was forced to delay the announcement.

“There comes a time in your life when you have to make some tough decisions and move on. I had been meaning to make this announcement for a few years, but was waiting for the right moment to share it with all of you: today I am retiring from all formats of cricket, ”he said. “In many ways I had already retired as a cricketer, but hadn’t been able to make an official announcement.

“I haven’t been an active cricketer for quite some time. But I had a commitment to the Kolkata Knight Riders and wanted to spend the IPL season (2021) with them. But during the season itself, j decided to retire. “

Harbhajan, now 41, made his international debut in March 1998, in a test match against Australia in Bengaluru, winning two wickets in an eight-wicket loss. He then played 103 tests, for a total of 417 wickets – still the fourth highest for India – with an average of 32.46, with a best inning of 8 for 84 and a best game of 15 for 217, both recorded in India’s two-wicket victory over Australia in the Chennai Test of 2001, which earned them a 2-1 victory in an iconic series. In the previous test in Kolkata, made famous by VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid sticking all day while following – Harbhajan had also played a major role in India’s stunning victory, winning 13 wickets in the game.
Harbhajan also participated in 236 ODIs from 1998 to 2015, taking 269 wickets at 33.35 and a saving rate of 4.31. He played 28 T20Is, taking 25 wickets at an average of 25.32 and a save rate of 6.20. Its global count of 707 international counters is second highest for India, behind Anil Kumble’s 953.

“I have no idea about the future, but whatever I am today is because of cricket. I will be immensely happy if I can help Indian cricket in any role in the future. “

Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan also enjoyed great success in the IPL, winning 150 wickets in 163 matches, fifth on the all-time list. Harbhajan also won 20 wickets in 22 T20 Champions League matches, leading the Mumbai Indians to victory in the competition in 2011. Harbhajan’s longest association with a franchise was with the Mumbai Indians, who have it. bought at the 2008 auction and held it up before the mega auctions in 2011 and 2014. Released before the 2018 mega auction, Harbhajan spent two years with Chennai Super Kings before ending up with Knight Riders.

“It has been a great journey over 25 years, from gullies from Jalandhar to becoming the Turbanator of India, “he said in the statement.” Nothing has been more motivating for me than going out on the pitch while wearing the India jersey.

“Like everything [Indian] cricketer, even I wanted to say goodbye in an Indian jersey, but fate had something else in store for me. No matter which team I represented, I have always given my 100% commitment to get my team to finish first – be it India, Punjab, Mumbai Indians, CSK [Chennai Super Kings], KKR or the Surrey and Essex County teams. “

Harbhajan has enjoyed great success in all formats, including being part of two World Cup winning teams with India – in 2011 and 2007 for the inaugural T20 World Cup. His greatest achievement, arguably, remains the performance in the series against Australia in 2001, where he pocketed 32 counters in three tests, where no other Indian melon has won more than three wickets. Harbhajan’s feat included a hat-trick in Kolkata.

“If you ask me about my cricket career, my first real treat was the hat trick I did in Calcutta, becoming the first Indian pitcher to do so in a test match. I also got 32 wickets in all three tests in this series, which remains a record, ”he said. “Following this, the victory of the T20 World Cup in 2007 and the [ODI] The World Cup victory in 2011 was the most important for me. These are moments that I can neither forget nor express in words about the importance of this happiness to me. “

As for the future, Harbhajan said he has “no idea” what he will do, but has indicated it will be game-related.

“Cricket was, is and always will be an important part of my life. I have served Indian cricket for years and will continue to strive to serve it in the future,” he said. “I have no idea about the future, but whatever I am today is because of cricket. I will be extremely happy if I can help Indian cricket in any role in the future. .

“Now I am starting a new chapter in my life, which begins with its own challenges. Believe me, your Turbanator is ready for the exam! Just keep pouring your love on me. “



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