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| On Dec 24, 2021 3:17 PM IST

Harbhajan Singh Announces Retirement from all Forms of Cricket. A look back at spectacular career, stats & achievements


The Indian cricket team has produced quality spinners over the years. Harbhajan Singh was one such. He is arguably considered to be one of India’s best spinners, with 417 Test wickets to his name. Having made his India debut in 1998 as a 17-year-old, Harbhajan made headlines with his terrific performance against Australia in the historic 2001 home series, where he scalped 32 wickets in 3 Test matches. Since then his career reached new heights as he became part of many historic Indian team victories in international cricket. This included being part of the Indian team’s victory in the T20 World Cup 2007 and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

Harbhajan Singh announces retirement from game of cricket

In the latest development, veteran Indian off-spinner has called time on his cricketing career. The Punjab-born spinner announced his retirement in a social media post.

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Taking to his official Twitter account, Harbhajan Singh stated:

“All good things come to an end and today as I bid adieu to the game that has given me everything in life, I would like to thank everyone who made this 23-year-long journey beautiful and memorable. My heartfelt thank you, Grateful.”

Many netizens wished Harbhajan Singh on his illustrious career. Here are few of them.

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Harbhajan Singh Career Stats and Achievements

It’s fair to say, Harbhajan Singh had a sensational in all three formats of the game. He took 711 international wickets in his career spanning 23 years. Known as Turbinator, he ended his career as the fourth highest wicket-taker for India in Tests and has took 269 wickets in ODIs to go with 25 T20I wickets. He was no mug with the bat and scored some crucial runs with the bat for his side. He also had two Test centuries to his name.

Here are his bowling stats: 

Format Matches Wickets Economy Average
Test 103 417 2.84 32.46
ODI 236 269 4.31 33.36
T20I 28 25 6.21 25.32

Let’s have a look at his batting stats: 

Format Matches Runs Average
Test 103 2225 18.24
ODI 236 1237 13.7
T20I 28 108 13.5

Harbhajan Singh’s career awards

Received Arjuna Award in 2003

Received Padma Shri in 2009

Harbhajan Singh’s achievements

  • First Indian to take a Test hattrick
  • Second Most successful off-spinner of India (417 wickets)
  • Won T20 World Cup 2007
  • Won ODI World Cup 2011
  • 6th Best Figures in Test matches
  • 2nd Best Strike in an innings
  • 4th Most Consecutive Ten wickets in Test match
  • 9th Most balls bowled in Test career (28580)
  • 9th fastest to 400 Test wickets
  • 2nd Most maidens in T20I innings
  • 7th Best Career Economy rate (6.20)

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