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Harbhajan Singh      

Full name Harbhajan Singh

Born July 3, 1980, Jullundur (now Jalandhar), Punjab

Current age 33 years 289 days

Major teams India, Asia XI, Essex, India Green, Lancashire, Mumbai Indians, Mumbai Indians, Punjab, Surrey

Playing role Bowler

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Harbhajan Singh
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 101 142 22 2202 115 18.35 3386 65.03 2 9 274 42 42 0
ODIs 229 123 33 1190 49 13.22 1478 80.51 0 0 89 34 69 0
T20Is 25 11 4 100 21 14.28 83 120.48 0 0 10 4 6 0
First-class 187 250 43 4066 115 19.64 2 14 94 0
List A 305 175 49 1917 79* 15.21 0 1 100 0
Twenty20 151 92 34 1015 78 17.50 711 142.75 0 1 100 49 45 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 101 186 28293 13372 413 8/84 15/217 32.37 2.83 68.5 16 25 5
ODIs 229 220 12059 8651 259 5/31 5/31 33.40 4.30 46.5 2 3 0
T20Is 25 24 540 573 22 4/12 4/12 26.04 6.36 24.5 1 0 0
First-class 187 46377 21760 750 8/84 29.01 2.81 61.8 40 7
List A 305 15859 11385 361 5/31 5/31 31.53 4.30 43.9 4 4 0
Twenty20 151 142 3042 3373 132 5/18 5/18 25.55 6.65 23.0 3 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v Australia at Bangalore, Mar 25-28, 1998 scorecard
Last Test India v Australia at Hyderabad (Deccan), Mar 2-5, 2013 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut India v New Zealand at Sharjah, Apr 17, 1998 scorecard
Last ODI West Indies v India at North Sound, Jun 11, 2011 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut South Africa v India at Johannesburg, Dec 1, 2006 scorecard
Last T20I Australia v India at Colombo (RPS), Sep 28, 2012 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut 1997/98
Last First-class Karnataka v Rest of India at Bangalore, Feb 9-12, 2014 scorecard
List A debut 1997/98
Last List A North Zone v West Zone at Visakhapatnam, Mar 27, 2014 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Kent v Surrey at Beckenham, Jun 22, 2005 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Mumbai T20 v Kolkata T20 at Abu Dhabi, Apr 16, 2014 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
0/25, 0 Mumbai T20 v Kolkata T20 Abu Dhabi 16 Apr 2014 T20
17 Punjab v J + K Mohali 5 Apr 2014 T20
78 Punjab v Services Mohali 4 Apr 2014 T20
16 Punjab v Delhi Mohali 3 Apr 2014 T20
0/23, 24 Punjab v H. Pradesh Mohali 2 Apr 2014 T20
2/12, 8 Punjab v Haryana Mohali 1 Apr 2014 T20
0/36, 14 North Zone v West Zone Visakhapatnam 27 Mar 2014 LA
7, 3/35 North Zone v South Zone Visakhapatnam 24 Mar 2014 LA
0/37, 11 Punjab v Railways Kolkata 12 Mar 2014 LA
1/32, 14 Punjab v H. Pradesh Delhi 6 Mar 2014 LA
Profile

A player of passion, with talent to match, Harbhajan Singh is India's most successful offspin bowler. Purists might mutter about a lack of loop and flight, but he is very much a product of his times where short boundaries, heavy bats and shorter forms afford little latitude to slow bowlers. Bowling with a windmilling, whiplash action, remodelled after he was reported for throwing, he deals by varying his length and his pace, and can turn it the other way too. His deadliest ball, however, is the one that climbs wickedly from a length, forcing a hurried jab. In March 2001, it proved too much for the all-conquering Australians, as Harbhajan collected 32 wickets in three Tests, including the first Test hat-trick by an Indian, while none of his team-mates managed more than three.
His personal rivalry against the Australians has provided him both the highest and the lowest points of his career. Invariably, he has managed to raise his game against them, and been singularly responsible for Ricky Ponting's low scores on Indian soil - he dismissed him five times under 12 in the 2001 series - and some his punchiest batting performances has come against them too. But in 2008 his confrontation with Andrew Symonds created one of the ugliest controversies in cricket - he was initially charged with racial insult, which was reduced to abuse on appeal. Later that year, he was banned for whole IPL season for slapping Sreesanth, his Indian team-mate. When he channels his natural combativeness in the right direction, he can be a fiercely competitive and dangerous opponent. He was expected to be India's lead spinner in the all three forms of the game after Anil Kumble's retirement, but following a run of poor form was dropped from India's Test team for home series against West Indies and the tour of Australia in the 2011-12 season.

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Timeline
    • March 25-28, 1998
      An early start
      • Harbhajan gets his first Test cap in Bangalore as a 17-year-old against Mark Taylor's Australia. It's a quiet beginning for him, taking two wickets in the dead rubber, which India lose.
    • February 27-March 22, 2001
      A fairytale comeback
      • After more than a year out of the team, he makes a stunning return against a rampant Australian team, snaring 32 wickets in three Tests in one of the most riveting series. He becomes the first Indian to take a Test hat-trick on his way to 13 wickets in Kolkata before bettering that with 15 in the decider in Chennai that hands India the series.
    • October 9-12, 2002
      Spinning out woeful Windies
      • He takes out seven West Indian batsmen in the second innings of the first Test in Mumbai to steer India to their first-ever innings victory over the men from the Caribbean. In a throwback to the 90s when Indian spinners were near-unplayable at home, he and Anil Kumble share 15 wickets to finish the game within four days.
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Jan 20, 2014

Harbhajan Singh is dismayed after an appeal is turned down, Punjab v Karnataka, Ranji Trophy, semi-final, Mohali, 3rd day, January 20, 2014

Harbhajan Singh is dismayed after an appeal is turned down

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Nov 22, 2013

Punjab captain Harbhajan Singh has a chat in the dressing room, Punjab v Gujarat, Ranji Trophy, Group A, Mohali, 2nd day, November 22, 2013

Punjab captain Harbhajan Singh has a chat in the dressing room

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Oct 30, 2013

Harbhajan Singh picked up three wickets in the second innings, Punjab v Odisha, Ranji Trophy, Group A, 4th day, Mohali, October 30, 2013

Harbhajan Singh picked up three wickets in the second innings

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Tour Results
India v Sri Lanka at Hobart - Feb 28, 2012
India won by 7 wickets (with 80 balls remaining)
Australia v India at Sydney - Feb 26, 2012
Australia won by 87 runs
India v Sri Lanka at Brisbane - Feb 21, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 51 runs
Australia v India at Brisbane - Feb 19, 2012
Australia won by 110 runs
India v Sri Lanka at Adelaide - Feb 14, 2012
Match tied
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