Happy Birthday Harbhajan Singh: Indian bowler taking a hat-trick in Test cricket for the first time


Harbhajan Singh made his international debut in 1998. He was also included in ODI World Cup winning Indian team in 2007 T20 World Cup 2011.

New Delhi: Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh (Team India), known as ‘Turbator’, is counted among India’s selected spin bowlers. He had a very dangerous pairing with Anil Kumble. Today is his birthday (Harbhajan Singh). Born on 3 July 1980 in Jalandhar, Harbhajan Singh became a star in the 2001 Test series against Australia. This is the same historical Kolkata Test, in which Harbhajan Singh took a hat-trick after Australia’s 16 consecutive Test victories after the double century of VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid after the follow-up. Was stopped.

Records made from a series

The Test series against Australia in 2001 made Harbhajan Singh a star. In this series, he did what no one had done before him. The Australian team came to India with an impressive track record of 15 consecutive Test wins. The long-neglected Harbhajan Singh was included in this series on the recommendation of Team India captain Sourav Ganguly. His performance was not very good. For this reason, the selector was giving a chance to Sharandeep Singh instead of Harbhajan Singh. Please tell that Anil Kumble was also not available for this series. But in this series, Harbhajan Singh has done wonders.

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Be the first Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in Tests

The first Test of the three-Test series was played in Mumbai. Kangaroos won this match by 10 wickets in just three days. However, Bhajji’s performance in this test was also good. He had taken four wickets. With this victory, Australia’s unbeatable order reached 16 consecutive wins. This was followed by the historic match played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, which cricket lovers still remember. Turbanator became a star from this Test match itself. He danced the kangaroos on his spinning balls. He took a total of 13 wickets in this match, including both innings, including a hat-trick. With this, not only Australia’s victory chariot stopped, but Harbhajan became India’s first bowler, Who took a hat-trick. The series came at 1-1 with Kolkata’s win. The final and decisive match was played at Chepauk Stadium, Chennai. Harbhajan has done wonders in this. With seven wickets in the first innings and eight wickets in the second innings, India won the series 2–1.

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With this, Team India made a permanent place

Harbhajan Singh also won the title of ‘Man of the Match’ with 15 wickets in the last Test. Along with taking 32 wickets including hat-trick in the series, he won the title of ‘Man of the Series’ for playing a decisive role in the series. After this series, Harbhajan Singh did not look back. Since then, he has played a total of 103 Test matches. In this he has taken 417 wickets. Not only that, he has also done good batting from time to time. Bhajji has scored 2225 runs with the help of two centuries and nine half-centuries as a batsman. In ODIs, he has 269 wickets in 236 matches, while he has taken 25 wickets in 28 T20 Internationals.

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Bhajji’s name is also two World Cups

Harbhajan Singh made his international debut in 1998. He has been part of two World Cup winning Indian teams. In 2007, when Team India won the first T20 World Cup (T20 World Cup 2007) under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan was an important member of it. At the same time, the star of the spinner was also included in the 2011 ICC ODI World Cup winning team.


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