Harbhajan Singh      

Full name Harbhajan Singh

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

Current age 39 years 79 days

Major teams India, Asia XI, Chennai Super Kings, 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 103 145 23 2224 115 18.22 3432 64.80 2 9 277 42 42 0
ODIs 236 128 35 1237 49 13.30 1526 81.06 0 0 92 35 71 0
T20Is 28 13 5 108 21 13.50 87 124.13 0 0 11 4 7 0
First-class 198 268 46 4255 115 19.16 2 15 100 0
List A 334 194 54 2134 79* 15.24 0 2 112 0
T20s 265 153 50 1508 78 14.64 1174 128.44 0 2 141 73 82 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 103 190 28580 13537 417 8/84 15/217 32.46 2.84 68.5 16 25 5
ODIs 236 227 12479 8973 269 5/31 5/31 33.35 4.31 46.3 2 3 0
T20Is 28 27 612 633 25 4/12 4/12 25.32 6.20 24.4 1 0 0
First-class 198 48055 22652 780 8/84 29.04 2.82 61.6 41 8
List A 334 17533 12698 393 5/31 5/31 32.31 4.34 44.6 5 4 0
T20s 265 253 5429 6131 235 5/18 5/18 26.08 6.77 23.1 3 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v Australia at Bengaluru, Mar 25-28, 1998 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v India at Galle, Aug 12-15, 2015 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut India v New Zealand at Sharjah, Apr 17, 1998 scorecard
Last ODI India v South Africa at Mumbai, Oct 25, 2015 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut South Africa v India at Johannesburg, Dec 1, 2006 scorecard
Last T20I India v United Arab Emirates at Dhaka, Mar 3, 2016 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut 1997/98
Last First-class Punjab v Services at Amritsar, Nov 25-28, 2017 scorecard
List A debut 1997/98
Last List A India A v Tamil Nadu at Visakhapatnam, Mar 27, 2017 scorecard
T20s debut Kent v Surrey at Beckenham, Jun 22, 2005 scorecard
Last T20s Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings at Hyderabad (Deccan), May 12, 2019 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
0/27 Super Kings v Mum Indians Hyderabad (Deccan) 12 May 2019 T20
2/31 Super Kings v Capitals Visakhapatnam 10 May 2019 T20
1/25 Super Kings v Mum Indians Chennai 7 May 2019 T20
3/57 Super Kings v Kings XI Mohali 5 May 2019 T20
1/28 Super Kings v Capitals Chennai 1 May 2019 T20
0/23, 1 Super Kings v Mum Indians Chennai 26 Apr 2019 T20
2/39 Super Kings v Sunrisers Chennai 23 Apr 2019 T20
2/15 Super Kings v KKR Chennai 9 Apr 2019 T20
2/17 Super Kings v Kings XI Chennai 6 Apr 2019 T20
0/30 Super Kings v Capitals Delhi 26 Mar 2019 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 18, 2019

Harbhajan Singh and Shikhar Dhawan enjoy a lighter moment, India v South Africa, 2nd T20I, Mohali, September 18, 2019

Harbhajan Singh and Shikhar Dhawan enjoy a lighter moment

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Jun 16, 2019

Harbhajan Singh takes a selfie with Indian fans, India v Pakistan, World Cup 2019, Manchester, June 16, 2019

Harbhajan Singh takes a selfie with Indian fans

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Jun 10, 2019

'The night we won the World Cup together, we cried, both of us, not massively, but we did'

'The night we won the World Cup together, we cried, both of us, not massively, but we did'

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