Harbhajan Singh announces retirement from all forms of cricket

The 41 year old Harbhajan Singh picked up 417 wickets in 103 tests, 269 wickets in 236 ODIs and 25 scalps in 28 T20Is in his career. He was the first Indian player to take hat-trick in the test cricket in March, 2001 against Australia.

Harbhajan Singh announces retirement from all forms of cricket
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Indian cricket team’s renowned off-spinner Harbhajan Singh announced retirement from all forms of cricket on friday (December 24). He announced this on his official twitter account. He is India’s fourth highest wicket taker (417) after Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev and Ravichandran Ashwin.

The 41 year old picked up 417 wickets in 103 tests, 269 wickets in 236 ODIs and 25 scalps in 28 T20Is in his career. He had made his debut in the International Cricket against Australia in 1998 by playing his first test.

“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”, Harbhajan Singh tweeted.

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 .https://t.co/iD6WHU46MU

— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 24, 2021

After three years of debut, Harbhajan Singh achieved heights in cricket by taking hat-trick in the test cricket against Australia in March, 2001. He became the first Indian player to take hat-trick in the test cricket. He also took 32 wickets in three matches, which is still a record.

Harbhajan Singh was one of the prominent spinner of India. He was the part of Indian cricket team in 2007 T20I World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup as well. Harbhajan played prominent role in these World Cups.

“From the streets of Jalandhar to becoming the Indian Cricket team’s turbanator. It has been a very good journey of the past 23 years”, he said in his youtube video posted alongside tweet.

“I thank my parents who always support me and help me in fulfilling my dreams. If I born again, I would like to get them again as my parents”, he further said.

Harbhajan had not been playing International Cricket for past few years. He played his last T20I match in 2016 in UAE, Dhaka. He also remained the player of IPL teams like Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.

Harbhajan Singh said, “I had not been playing active cricket for past few years due to my commitment with Kolkata Knight Riders, I wanted to stay with them in the IPL season but I had made up my mind during the season”

“For whichever team I have played, I always gave my best to ensure that my team finishes at the top, whether it is India, Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Surrey and Essex County”

“I can never forget the moment when I became first Indian bowler to take hat-trick in the test cricket and I took 32 wickets in three matches, which is still a record. Then the 2007 and 2011 World Cup wins are memorable moments and never forgettable.” 

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