Harbhajan Singh, an Indian Cricketer from Punjab

This article is about an Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh who is the leading spinner of current Indian Cricket team. Known for his aggression harbhajan is a player to watch during matches against australia.

Harbhajan Singh is an Indian Cricketer from Punjab.Not just only a member of the Indian Cricket Team, Harbhajan is a prominient player and very famous among the Cricket lovers for his enthusiastic and aggressive approach in this game of cricket not as a bowler but also as an aggressive batsman. Harbhajan is the frontline and first choice spinner in Indian Cricket Team and also the most experienced bowler of the current team.

Early Life of Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh born in Jalandhar, Punjab on 3rd July, 1980. Harbhajan born to a Punjabi family and is the only son of Sardar Sardev Singh and have five sisters. He got support from his family to become a cricketer from his childhood. Harbhajan Singh has to take the responsibility of his family at very early age when his fatherdeath in year 2000. At that time he was struggling for his place in Indian Team.

Debut in International Cricket

With brilliant performances at Under-16 and Under-19 level, and some good performances in Ranji Trophy, he was given a chance in Tringular ODI tournament in year 1998, where India played with Zimbabwe and Australia, but was dropped for the finals due to average performance. And here he also made his Test Debut aginst Australia.

Initial Career of Harbhajan Singh

Dropped from the Next triangular series after his debut, he was again recalled for the tournament against New zealand and Sri Lanka, where his performance was brilliant and he took 8 wickets in 5 games. But after that his performance was not up to the mark and was not selected for the ODI team for couple of next years, but remain the member of the Test Team. In Cricket World Cup 1999, he was not selected in the team. Having Anil Kumble in the Test Team he didnt get chance to play in the Test matches, when India toured Australia.

When Anil Kumble was injured and was out of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2001, Harbhajan played as frontline spinner and that Test series become a turning point of his career, as he took 32 wickets in 3 matches, making India to win a Historic series. It was his bowling that Ricky Ponting unabled to play a single good knock in whole series. It was this series when he invent a new weapon in his bowling Doosra. After that he become the part of the Test and both ODI Team, where he share spin attack with Anil Kumble in Test Matches and main spin bowler in ODI matches.

Speciality and Career of Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan is an off-spinner and with this he is now the main bowler of Indian Cricket Team in all formats of the game. His performances in sub-continent is much better than his performance in other part of the world, so it was said that he can only take wickets on sub-continent slow wickets, but he proved himself as a better bowler with taking many Five-Wicket Hauls outside sub-continent pitches. He is now India's third highest wicket taking bowler in Test Matches with an impressive rate.

Batting Talent of Harbhajan Singh

During his childhood Harbhajan started to trained as a batsman, but become an spin bowler. But his skills in Batting is also good and has done very good work in Batting for the team. The latest example of this was in Test Series against New Zealand, where he made two back two back hundreds in two tests. He is an Entertainer when he comes to batting. In IPL, he has batted very well for Mumbai Indians.

Harbhajan and Controvorsies

Harbhajan is always involved with controvorsies, whether it is of Slapping his Teammate Sree Santh in IPL, or saying abusing words to Andrew Symonds. Harbhajan is also involved in an religious controvorsy for an ad, of which he than ask for sorry to the people of Punjab.

Harbhajan Singh has been banned in his very first ODI tournament against Australia for arguing with Ricky Ponting.

Important Records of Harbhajan Singh

1. Harbhajan become the First Indian bowler to have Hat-Trick in Test Matches.
2. Harbhajan has the record of taking highest number of wickets in an Test Match series of 3 Matches.
3. He is the second highest wicket taking Off-spinner after Muthaiya Muralidharan.
4. Harbhajan has 393 wickets in 92 Test Matches and 242 wickets in 212 ODI Matches.
5. Harbhajan has got Man of the Series award in a Test Series for 3 times.

Nickname of Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh's nickname is The Turbanator but team mates also called him Bhajji on the field.

Career statistics of Harbhajan singh

In Test Matches:
92 Matches; 1,968 runs; Batting Average of 18.39; 2 Hundreds; 8 Fifty; 115 Highest Score
92 Matches; 393 Wickets; Bowling Average of 31.85; 5 Wickets 25 times; 10 Wickets 5 times

In ODI Matches:
212 Matches; 1,083 runs; Batting average of 13.20; Top Score of 49
212 Matches; 242 Wickets; Bowling average of 32.84; 5 Wicket 3 times

Teams for which Harbhajan Plays

In IPL: Mumbai Indians
In County: Surrey

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