What stands out about Harbhajan Singh is his passion and talent. He is India’s most successful off-spin bowler, largely because of his temperamental personality. He hails from Ludhiana in Punjab, which is popular for aggressiveness. The NCA dismissed Harbhajan, fondly known as ‘Bhajji’ for indiscipline as a teenager. This is a testament to the fire that burnt in his belly, even for the wrong reasons.
Nevertheless, he had talent and skill that was being shadowed by unnecessary teenage drama. It seemed like this would be the end of his career, but the then captain of the Indian team, Sourav Ganguly, insisted on having him in the squad to play against Australia in 2001. The young and untried player took the opportunity to pick up 32 wickets from three Tests. He also took the first hat trick by an Indian bowler.
So, who exactly is Harbhajan Singh, and why does he stand out from the crowd?
Harbhajan made his Test and ODI debut in 1998, but after a year of mediocre performances, he returned to playing domestic cricket. It took two years to get back into international cricket with newfound enthusiasm and determination. Finally, he gave a standout performance against Australia, and his pinch-hitting abilities made him even more famous.
In 2009, Harbhajan was a big part of India’s win against New Zealand in 40 years. He went ahead to score his first Test century in 2010, helping his team save the match. He led the Mumbai Indians to victory in the 2011 Champion’s League as if that wasn’t enough. Harbhajan became the 10th Indian to play 100 Test matches but was later dropped back to domestic cricket. However, he made a comeback in the 2015-2016 season and played several Tests and ODIs.
Most of Harbhajan’s success has been in the IPL. He was a big part of the Mumbai Franchise and contributed largely to their title wins. In the 2013 season, Harbhajan picked up 24 wickets and helped Mumbai win their first IPL title. He also scored with the bat making 64 runs from 24 balls in 2015 for Kings XI Punjab. After playing for Mumbai for about ten years, the franchise released him, and Chennai Super Kings bought him.
Harbhajan has continued to be a star player through the years. Here are the last three games he has played in different cricket categories.
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