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Harbhajan Singh      

Full name Harbhajan Singh

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

Current age 35 years 28 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 102 143 23 2209 115 18.40 3394 65.08 2 9 275 42 42 0
ODIs 232 124 34 1195 49 13.27 1482 80.63 0 0 89 34 71 0
T20Is 26 12 5 108 21 15.42 86 125.58 0 0 11 4 6 0
First-class 191 255 45 4168 115 19.84 2 15 96 0
List A 317 181 51 2009 79* 15.45 0 2 102 0
Twenty20 188 114 40 1213 78 16.39 847 143.21 0 2 113 65 56 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 102 188 28430 13447 416 8/84 15/217 32.32 2.83 68.3 16 25 5
ODIs 232 223 12239 8761 263 5/31 5/31 33.31 4.29 46.5 2 3 0
T20Is 26 25 564 602 24 4/12 4/12 25.08 6.40 23.5 1 0 0
First-class 191 47040 22090 759 8/84 29.10 2.81 61.9 40 7
List A 317 16537 11880 373 5/31 5/31 31.84 4.31 44.3 4 4 0
Twenty20 188 177 3852 4309 171 5/18 5/18 25.19 6.71 22.5 3 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v Australia at Bangalore, Mar 25-28, 1998 scorecard
Last Test Bangladesh v India at Fatullah, Jun 10-14, 2015 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut India v New Zealand at Sharjah, Apr 17, 1998 scorecard
Last ODI Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jul 14, 2015 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut South Africa v India at Johannesburg, Dec 1, 2006 scorecard
Last T20I Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jul 17, 2015 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut 1997/98
Last First-class Bangladesh v India at Fatullah, Jun 10-14, 2015 scorecard
List A debut 1997/98
Last List A Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jul 14, 2015 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Kent v Surrey at Beckenham, Jun 22, 2005 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jul 17, 2015 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
8*, 2/29 India v Zimbabwe Harare 17 Jul 2015 T20I # 440
2/35 India v Zimbabwe Harare 14 Jul 2015 ODI # 3667
5*, 1/29 India v Zimbabwe Harare 12 Jul 2015 ODI # 3665
1/46 India v Zimbabwe Harare 10 Jul 2015 ODI # 3662
7*, 3/64, 0/11 India v Bangladesh Fatullah 10 Jun 2015 Test # 2165
6*, 2/34 Mum Indians v Super Kings Kolkata 24 May 2015 T20
6*, 2/26 Mum Indians v Super Kings Mumbai 19 May 2015 T20
1/18 Mum Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad (Deccan) 17 May 2015 T20
1/31 Mum Indians v KKR Mumbai 14 May 2015 T20
0/30, 3 Mum Indians v RCB Mumbai 10 May 2015 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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Jul 12, 2015

Harbhajan Singh and Ajinkya Rahane celebrate a wicket, Zimbabwe v India, 2nd ODI, Harare, July 12, 2015

Harbhajan Singh and Ajinkya Rahane celebrate a wicket

© Associated Press

Jul 8, 2015

Harbhajan Singh takes a break, Harare, July 8, 2015

Harbhajan Singh takes a break

© AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Jun 14, 2015

Harbhajan Singh crossed Wasim Akram's tally of 414 Test wickets when he had Imrul Kayes stumped, Bangladesh v India, only Test, 4th day, Fatullah, June 13, 2015

Harbhajan Singh crossed Wasim Akram's tally of 414 Test wickets when he had Imrul Kayes stumped

© AFP

Country Fixtures Country Results
2nd unofficial Test: India A v Australia A at Chennai - Jul 29-Aug 1
India A 135 & 267/6 (83 ov) Australia A 349
TBA v Indians at Colombo (RPS)
Aug 6-8, 2015 (10:00 local | 04:30 GMT | 00:30 EDT | 23:30 CDT -1d | 21:30 PDT -1d)
India A v Australia A at Chennai
Aug 7, 2015 (09:00 local | 03:30 GMT | 23:30 EDT -1d | 22:30 CDT -1d | 20:30 PDT -1d)
India A v Sth Africa A at Chennai
Aug 9, 2015 (09:00 local | 03:30 GMT | 23:30 EDT -1d | 22:30 CDT -1d | 20:30 PDT -1d)
India A v Australia A at Chennai
Aug 11, 2015 (09:00 local | 03:30 GMT | 23:30 EDT -1d | 22:30 CDT -1d | 20:30 PDT -1d)
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