Harbhajan Singh, India’s one of the most successful off spinner and third leading wicket taker for Indian side in Test Cricket, announced retirement from all formats of cricket on Friday. Along with a video reminiscing his journey and winding up it with heartfelt emotions he bid adieu to the game, citing we are destined to take some harsh decisions in life.
The 41-year-old from Punjab took 417 wickets in 103 Tests, 269 wickets in 236 ODIs and 25 scalps in 28 T20Is in his illustrious career. In the IPL across 13 seasons for Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, and Kolkata Knight Riders, he has scalped 150 wickets in 163 matches.
Harbhajan Singh began his career as an off spinner in an ODI game against New Zealand at Sharjah in 1998 and last played in Indian Jersey in 2016 against UAE at Dhaka.
Harbhajan Singh was in main role in T20 world Cup winning squad as well as ODI world Cup winning squad.
“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,” he wrote on Twitter.
Harbhajan featured in a few matches during the first phase of the IPL 2021 for Kolkata Knight Riders but didn’t get to play a game in the UAE leg of the tournament.
“In my mind, I retired earlier but I am making the announcement today,” Harbhajan said on his YouTube channel.
“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, wearing the India jersey.
“There comes a time in life where we have to take a tough decision, you 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.”
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