Harbhajan Singh Biography
Harbhajan Singh is an Indian cricketer, born on 3rd July 1980, in Jalandhar, Punjab. The off-spinner is the third Indian to scale the 400-wicket feat in Tests.
Harbhajan Singh scalped 12 wickets in his Under-16 debut match for Punjab against Haryana in November 1995. His impressive performance at various age levels rallied him to make his first-class debut in Ranji Trophy against Services in October 1997 and booked his berth in the Indian team for 1998 ICC U-19 World Cup.
He had a decent outing in U-19 World Cup by picking eight wickets in six matches.
A 17-year-old Bhajji was far from creating an impression on his international Test debut against Australia in March 1998, as he only managed to take two wickets. His performance in first two years saw him getting axed from the Test squad.
A month later, in his ODI debut against New Zealand, the fate did not change much as he could only pick up a single wicket. The youngster was left out for mere 18 wickets in 13 matches.
Harbhajan made his T20 international debut against South Africa in Johannesburg in December 2006.
Rise to Glory
Bhajji made a spectacular comeback by claiming 32 wickets in 3 tests against Australia in 2001. He became first Indian to claim a test hat-trick in the second innings that turned the game on its head.
His five for 13 in the fourth test in Jamaica in July 2006 helped India to win a test series on the Caribbean soil after 35 years.
He was the member of the Indian team that won the inaugural 2007 World T20 and the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.
The off-spinner lacked consistency during his career especially during January 2006 to February 2008 when his average dipped to 52.27.
He was left out for 2011 Australian tour for his poor performance in England in 2011 averaging 143.50 with two wickets.
Post West Indies 2011 tour, he played his first ODI after a gap of four years. He also lost his test spot to others.
Domestically Harbhajan is still playing Ranji trophy for Punjab. In the Indian Premier League, he played for Mumbai Indians till the 2017 season. He has picked up 127 wickets in 136 IPL matches.
In county cricket, his first was with Lancashire in 2003. Later, he played twice for Surrey in 2005 and 2007 and scalped 57 wickets at 21.10. He took 23 wickets in nine games for Essex in 2012.
At the 2018 IPL auctions, Harbhajan was bought by Chennai Super Kings for Rs 2 crore.