One of the finest spinners in the history of world cricket, Harbhajan Singh has retired from all forms of the game. The veteran Indian spinner made the announcement on his Youtube channel on Friday. Harbhajan Singh is counted amongst the best spinners in the history of Indian Cricket. He last played an international match in a T20 international against the United Arab Emirates at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in 2016.
“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,” Harbhajan tweeted.
Harbhajan Singh played 103 Tests, 236 ODIs and 28 T20 internationals for India during his international cricket career. He has 417 wickets to his name in Test Cricket, including 25 five-wicket hauls. Besides, he has claimed 269 and 25 wickets in ODIs and T20 internationals respectively.
Harbhajan Singh was an integral part of the Indian Cricket Team which won the ICC 2007 T20 World Cup and ICC 2011 World Cup. He had the best bowling economy amongst all his allies in the 2011 World Cup. In 9 matches, he picked 9 wickets at an economy of 4.48.
Harbhajan Singh came into prominence with his heroic bowling performance in the Border-Gavaskar series 2001. In 3 Tests, he managed to claim as many as 32 wickets and helped India win the series against the Aussies and create history.
“My journey from the streets of Jalandhar to become the Turnabator for Team India has been a beautiful one. There is no bigger motivation for me in life than stepping out on the field while wearing the India jersey. However, there comes a time in life where we have to take a tough decision and we have to move forward in life. I was waiting for the last few years to make this announcement public – I am retiring from all forms of cricket,” Harbhajan said on his official YouTube channel.