India off-spinner Harbjahan Singh introduced his retirement from all types of cricket on Friday (December 24). The 41-year-old picked up 417 wickets in 103 Checks, 269 wickets in 236 ODIs and 25 scalps in 28 T20Is in his profession.
Harbhajan made his Take a look at debut in opposition to Australia in Bangalore again in 1998 and Greg Blewett turned out to be his maiden Take a look at scalp. In the identical 12 months, he earned his maiden ODI cap when India performed in opposition to New Zealand in April in Sharjah. Matt Horne was his first ODI wicket.
Nonetheless, it was roughly three years later when the off-spinner reached nice heights, powering India to a memorable come-from-behind 2-1 Take a look at sequence win in opposition to Australia by scalping 32 wickets. He additionally recorded his greatest Take a look at figures of 8 for 84 in that sequence in Chennai.
Harbhajan additionally was a member of the Indian facet that reached the summit conflict of the 2003 50-over World Cup and ultimately gained the title in 2011 the place he took 9 wickets. He additionally was part of the set-up that gained the T20 World Cup in 2007 in South Africa.
Harbhajan additionally was one of many mainstays of India’s memorable abroad wins in Leeds (2002) and Durban (2010-11 season), ending with 4 and 6 wickets respectively. He recorded his greatest Take a look at figures away from house – 7 for 120 – within the drawn Take a look at in Cape City in 2010-11. He performed his remaining worldwide sport in opposition to the UAE within the T20 Asia Cup in 2016.
Harbhajan additionally performed 163 IPL matches and took 150 wickets. His greatest season within the IPL got here in 2013 when he took 24 wickets at a mean of 19 for the Mumbai Indians. The veteran off-spinner, who made his first-class debut within the 1997 season for Punjab versus Companies, additionally performed 198 first-class matches, snaring 780 wickets.
He was additionally a helpful contributor with the bat in hand, evidenced by the 2 Take a look at a whole bunch he compiled versus New Zealand at house in 2010. Along with these two a whole bunch, he additionally scored 9 fifties within the longest format of the sport.