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Harbhajan Singh      

Full name Harbhajan Singh

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

Current age 34 years 145 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 313 179 50 1994 79* 15.45 0 2 100 0
Twenty20 167 100 36 1071 78 16.73 758 141.29 0 1 103 54 51 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 313 16309 11709 369 5/31 5/31 31.73 4.30 44.1 4 4 0
Twenty20 167 158 3426 3777 148 5/18 5/18 25.52 6.61 23.1 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 Odisha v Punjab at Ahmedabad, Nov 23, 2014 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Kent v Surrey at Beckenham, Jun 22, 2005 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Mumbai Indians v Northern Districts at Raipur, Sep 16, 2014 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
1/35 Punjab v Odisha Ahmedabad 23 Nov 2014 LA
0/34 Punjab v Railways Vadodara 21 Nov 2014 LA
51, 2/51 Punjab v Gujarat Rajkot 19 Nov 2014 LA
1/40, 16* Punjab v H. Pradesh Bilaspur 14 Nov 2014 LA
3/38 Punjab v Services Bilaspur 12 Nov 2014 LA
0/39 Punjab v J + K Nadaun 10 Nov 2014 LA
0, 0/49 Punjab v Delhi Nadaun 8 Nov 2014 LA
10, 1/38 Punjab v Haryana Nadaun 6 Nov 2014 LA
10, 1/29 Mum Indians v Northern D Raipur 16 Sep 2014 T20
0/18 Mum Indians v Express Raipur 14 Sep 2014 T20
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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Sep 13, 2014

Harbhajan Singh scored 18 off 10, Mumbai Indians v Lahore Lions, CLT20 qualifier, Raipur, September 13, 2014

Harbhajan Singh scored 18 off 10

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Jun 28, 2014

Harbhajan Singh shares a light moment with football great Pele during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, June 28, 2014

Harbhajan Singh shares a light moment with football great Pele

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May 28, 2014

Harbhajan Singh picked up two wickets in the seventh over, Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2014, Eliminator, Mumbai, May 28, 2014

Harbhajan Singh picked up two wickets in the seventh over

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