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Harbhajan Singh      

Full name Harbhajan Singh

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

Current age 35 years 301 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 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 196 265 45 4242 115 19.28 2 15 99 0
List A 326 188 54 2093 79* 15.61 0 2 106 0
Twenty20 203 122 42 1303 78 16.28 929 140.25 0 2 124 68 63 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 196 47711 22418 777 8/84 28.85 2.81 61.4 41 8
List A 326 17065 12329 383 5/31 5/31 32.19 4.33 44.5 4 4 0
Twenty20 203 192 4164 4639 185 5/18 5/18 25.07 6.68 22.5 3 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v Australia at Bangalore, 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 Assam v Punjab at Valsad, Feb 3-6, 2016 scorecard
List A debut 1997/98
Last List A Himachal Pradesh v Punjab at Alur, Dec 23, 2015 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Kent v Surrey at Beckenham, Jun 22, 2005 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders at Mumbai, Apr 28, 2016 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
1/32 Mum Indians v KKR Mumbai 28 Apr 2016 T20
0/31 Mum Indians v Kings XI Mohali 25 Apr 2016 T20
1/24, 0 Mum Indians v Daredevils Delhi 23 Apr 2016 T20
0/20 Mum Indians v RCB Mumbai 20 Apr 2016 T20
1*, 0/38 Mum Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad (Deccan) 18 Apr 2016 T20
8, 0/20 Mum Indians v Guj Lions Mumbai 16 Apr 2016 T20
1/31 Mum Indians v KKR Kolkata 13 Apr 2016 T20
45*, 1/24 Mum Indians v Supergiants Mumbai 9 Apr 2016 T20
0/27 India v South Africa Mumbai 12 Mar 2016 Other T20
1/12 India v West Indies Kolkata 10 Mar 2016 Other 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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Apr 13, 2016

Harbhajan Singh celebrates the wicket of Manish Pandey, Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2016, Kolkata, April 13, 2016

Harbhajan Singh celebrates the wicket of Manish Pandey

© BCCI

Apr 13, 2016

Harbhajan Singh looks on after failing to stop the ball, Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2016, Kolkata, April 13, 2016

Harbhajan Singh looks on after failing to stop the ball

© AFP

Apr 9, 2016

Harbhajan Singh and Jos Buttler get together for a chat even as Ambati Rayudu looks on, Mumbai Indians v Rising Pune Supergiants, IPL 2016, Mumbai, April 9, 2016

Harbhajan Singh and Jos Buttler get together for a chat even as Ambati Rayudu looks on

© BCCI

Tour Results
India v New Zealand at Colombo (RPS) - Sep 11, 2009
India won by 6 wickets (with 57 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Colombo (RPS) - Sep 8, 2009
Sri Lanka won by 97 runs
Sri Lanka A v N Zealanders at Colombo (SSC) - Sep 6, 2009
Sri Lanka A won by 61 runs
Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Colombo (RPS) - Sep 4, 2009
New Zealand won by 22 runs
Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Colombo (RPS) - Sep 2, 2009
New Zealand won by 3 runs
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