Harbhajan Singh was on born 3 July1980 in Jalandhar. He is currently in the position of Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha. Earlier he was an Indian cricketer who played for the Indian national cricket team and a cricket commentator too. In an era of prolific wrist spinners, flat pitches, and large bats, Harbhajan Singh, a player with passion and talent to match, kept the fingers in flag flying. He bowled in a windmilling, whiplash motion while varying his length and velocity and turning it in the opposite direction as well. His most lethal ball was the one that forced a hasty jab by climbing cruelly from a length. Because of his ability as a bowler to end the innings of

the opposition team, he is popularly known as “The Turbanator” outside India. You can depend on cricket news for today to be in touch with the life happenings of this player.

His Debuts:-

ODI match- 17 April 1998 against New Zealand in Sharjah

Test match- 25 March 1998 against Australia at Bengaluru

 T20match- 1 December 2006 against South Africa in Johannesburg

About Family :-

Harbhajan Singh was born into a Sikh family. He is the lone child of an industrialist Sardar Sardev Singh Plaha, who ran a valve and ball bearing plant. Instead of lining him up in the family business, His father insisted that he should pay heed to his cricket career and represent India internationally.

On October 29, 2015, in Jalandhar, Harbhajan Singh wed Geeta Basra, his longtime lover, and an actress. They have a son who was born on July 10, 2021, and a girl who was born on July 27, 2016. 

Life in Cricket:-

Singh became a specialist in spin bowling. He played for India between the years 1998-2016. In the domestic arena, he was the captain of team Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and captained the Punjab team for the 2012–2013 season for the Ranji Trophy. Early in 1998, Harbhajan Singh played his first Test match and One Day International (ODI). Investigations about the legitimacy of his bowling style, along with several disciplinary issues, originally had an impact on his career. He had a breakthrough at that time.

He grabbed 32 wickets in the next series while none of his team-mates managed more than three and became the first Indian bowler to do so. This happened in March 2001. His career turning point was his inclusion in the most hyped Border-Gavaskar Trophy team in 2001 after the injury of Anil Kumble by Sourav Ganguly. However, Harbhajan’s career was revived in 2001 when Sourav Ganguly appealed for his reinstatement in the team due to the injury to star leg spinner Anil Kumble. Under his fantastic captaincy, Mumbai gained triumph in the Champions League Twenty20 (2011).

Like many of his contemporaries, he required some time to adjust his style of play from ODIs, where he was an essential member of the Indian squad, to the shortest format of the T20 World Cup in 2007, even though he was a part of India’s winning effort there. But Harbhajan’s contribution to India’s enviable home Test record and his deadly partnership with Anil Kumble

on batting-friendly surfaces, where they combined to take 366 wickets in 34matches and only allowing India to lose a series once will be remembered. Harbhajan held the record for India’s most successful Test off spinner until R. Ashwin passed him in 2021.The best and worst parts of his career were influenced by his rivalry with the Australians. 

He consistently improved against them and was solely to blame for Ricky Ponting’s poor performance on Indian soil (he was removed from the game five times in the 2001 series for an average of fewer than 12 runs each time). He also played some of his most aggressive batting against them. However, a dispute with Andrew Symonds in 2008 led to one of the worst cricket scandals when he was accused of racist abuse, which was later downgraded to abuse on appeal. However, the IPL paired them together, and they developed a friendship as teammates for the Mumbai Indians, where

Harbhajan played for 10 seasons between 2008 and 2016.He received a suspension from the International Cricket Council (ICC) at the beginning of 2008 for defaming Andrew Symonds in a racist manner. The penalty was overturned on appeal, but the Board of Control for

Cricket in India (BCCI) prohibited him from coming into the 2008 IPL and suspended him from the ODI team in for slapping his teammate in a game. He played for the 2011 World Cup champions. In 2009, Singh received the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian honor in India. 

   Moreover, a finger injury in 2003 (mid) sidelined him for the following year, allowing Anil Kumble to regain his spot in cricket. He regained a regular position in the team in late 2007, but became the subject of more & more controversies such as:-

 Controversies involved were:-

• Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds allegedly accused

him of calling him “Money,” which cast doubt on the continuance of

Australia’s trip.

• In the 2008 IPL, he smacked cricketer S.Sreesanth after

he wished him “Hard Luck.”

• Sikhs in Amritsar burned his dummy as a form of protest

following his Royal Stag whisky commercial.

His achievements in cricket:-

• He has a record of dismissing Australian star Ricky Ponting up to ten times in tests, which places him third among all off-spinners in terms of wicket totals and most in India.

• On Indian soil, he received his five men of the match and one man of the series awards.

  • He received India’s fourth highest civilian honor, Padma Shri in 2009

International Retirement:-

Harbhajan announced retirement from all forms of cricket on 24 December 2021. His fans were doomed by this decision of him. 

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