delhi | Harbhajan Singh, one of India’s most successful bowlers, has officially announced his retirement from all forms of the game after 23 years in professional cricket. The 41-year-old from Jalandhar played 103 Tests, 236 ODIs and 28 T20Is for Team India in his career. Harbhajan wrote in a Twitter post on Friday (December 24) that all good things come to an end and today as I say goodbye to the sport that has given me everything in life, I want to thank everyone who Made this 23 year long journey beautiful and memorable. My heartfelt thanks. I am deeply grateful to all. Harbhajan, who made his debut in 1998, took 417 wickets in Tests and 269 in ODIs. The off-spinner was part of the 2011 50-over World Cup as well as the 2007 T20 World Cup winning team with India. Harbhajan, popularly known as Turbanator, can start his new journey on the field of politics. Some time back his picture with Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu went viral. There are reports that Harbhajan may join the Congress before the Punjab Assembly elections and get rid of the opposition’s sixes. (Harbhajan Singh announces retirement)
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
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i want to say goodbye to cricket in india jersey
Harbhajan said in a video message that whenever I have put on the Indian jersey and stepped on the field, there has been no greater inspiration for me than this. But there are some points in life when you have to take some tough decisions. I was planning to make an announcement for the past few years and today I announce my retirement from all forms of the game. I was away from active cricket for some time. But I could not officially announce my retirement due to my commitment towards Kolkata Knight Riders. However, during IPL 2021, I had made up my mind that I would announce my retirement. Like all cricketers, I want to say goodbye to cricket in India jersey. But destiny had something else in store for me. Every team I have played for, I have given my 100 percent to ensure my team tops. Be it Team India, Punjab Ranji Team, Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Surrey or Essex County.
First Indian bowler to take hat-trick in Test cricket (Harbhajan Singh announces retirement)
Harbhajan made his India debut in 1998 during an ODI against New Zealand in Sharjah. He last played for the country in March 2016 during a T20I against the United Arab Emirates in Dhaka. One of the most memorable moments in his international career was when he took 32 wickets in three Test matches against Australia in March 2001, including the first Test hat-trick by an Indian. Bhajji took 150 IPL wickets in 163 matches in his career for MI, CSK and KKR. In the 2019 season of IPL, Harbhajan took 16 wickets in 11 matches under MS Dhoni in Chennai Super Kings. The happiest moment in my cricketing career was when I took a hat-trick against Australia at the Eden Gardens. That achievement gave me the most joy as I became the first Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in Test cricket. Then I took 32 wickets in 3 Test matches of that series, which is still a record. After that, winning the 2007 and 2011 World Cups was my biggest achievement, which I cannot even describe in words. (Harbhajan Singh announces retirement)