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Harbhajan Singh
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Harbhajan Singh

India|Bowler
Harbhajan Singh

INTL CAREER: 1998 - 2016

Full Name

Harbhajan Singh

Born

July 03, 1980, Jullundur (now Jalandhar), Punjab

Age

40y 317d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Playing Role

Bowler

TEAMS

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.

Harbhajan eventually made a comeback to the Test side, and became the 10th Indian to have played 100 Tests when he took field against Australia in Chennai.

However, he was dropped after the next Test and was banished to the domestic set-up. He performed impressively for Mumbai Indians in the 2015 IPL, collecting 16 wickets in 14 games, and was later recalled for the lone Test against Bangladesh that year.
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Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test10319028580135374178/8415/21732.462.8468.5016255
ODI2362271247989732695/315/3133.354.3146.30230
T20I2827612633254/124/1225.326.2024.40100
FC19848055226527808/8429.042.8261.60418
List A33417533126983935/315/3132.314.3444.60540
T20268256547161942355/185/1826.356.7923.20310
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test10314523222411518.22343264.802927742420
ODI2361283512374913.30152681.06009235710
T20I281351082113.5087124.130011470
FC19826846425511519.162151000
List A33419454213479*15.24021120
T202681555215127814.671178128.350214173830
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Recent Matches - Player

MATCHBATBOWLDATEGROUNDFORMAT
KKR vs RCB2*0/3818-Apr-2021ChennaiT20
KKR vs Mum Indians2*0/1713-Apr-2021ChennaiT20
KKR vs Sunrisers--0/811-Apr-2021ChennaiT20
Super Kings vs Mum Indians--0/2712-May-2019Hyderabad (Deccan)T20
Super Kings vs Capitals--2/3110-May-2019VisakhapatnamT20

Videos



Photos


Shikhar Dhawan is quite pleased to bump into Harbhajan Singh once again
Harbhajan Singh wears a thoughtful look
Veteran spinners Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh share an embrace
Harbhajan Singh is all smiles after his debut game for KKR
Harbhajan Singh and Shikhar Dhawan enjoy a lighter moment
Harbhajan Singh takes a selfie with Indian fans