Chandigarh: Former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh, popularly known as ‘Turbanator’ in the cricket world, is celebrating his 42nd birthday today. Harbhajan was born on this day i.e. on 3rd July 1980 in Jalandhar city of Punjab. He played his first match for the Indian team against Australia in Bangalore. He managed to take 2 wickets in the debut test. In this test, the Australian team defeated the Indian team by 8 wickets and did the match. But after this Harbhajan Singh made many big records with his performance.
Harbhajan Singh is the fourth highest wicket-taker for India in Test cricket. Apart from this, he took the first hat-trick in Test cricket for the country. The Indian spinner did this historic feat in the year 2001 against Australia, considered the strongest team at that time. This historic match between the two teams was played at the historic ground ‘Eden Garden’ in Kolkata. In this match, Harbhajan made history while bowling amazingly, dismissing Ricky Ponting (0), wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist (1) and lower-order player Shane Warne (0).
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First Indian to take a test hat-trick
Only bowler to take 6-fer in 4 consecutive test inngs
Only No. 8 batsman to score consecutive test hundreds.
Most wickets in a calendar year for India
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In this match played against Australia, Harbhajan had achieved a total of 15 successes. He bowled 38.2 overs in the first innings for the team and took 7 wickets for 133 runs. After this, wreaking havoc in the second innings as well, taking 8 wickets. Due to Harbhajan’s killer bowling, the Indian team was able to win this match by 2 wickets.
Harbhajan Singh played a total of 367 matches in international cricket for the country. During this, he achieved a total of 711 successes in 444 innings. Harbhajan played 103 matches in Test cricket for the country and achieved 417 successes in 190 innings at an average of 32.5. Apart from this, he has played 236 ODI matches, 269 in 227 innings at an average of 33.4 and in 28 T20 Internationals, he has taken 25 wickets in 27 innings at an average of 25.3.
Apart from bowling, he has also made important contributions with his bat on many important occasions for the country. Harbhajan has scored 2224 runs in 145 innings of Test cricket for the Indian team at an average of 18.2. During this, his bat scored two centuries and nine fifties. Apart from Test cricket, he has scored 1237 runs in 128 innings of ODI at an average of 13.3 and in 13 innings of T20 International cricket he has scored 108 runs at an average of 13.5.
The year 2009 was very special for Harbhajan Singh. In fact, the Indian spinner was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award, for his outstanding performance in the cricket field this year. Harbhajan decided to retire from all forms of cricket last year in view of the increasing age. He was also a part of the Indian team that won the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 03, 2022, 09:53 IST