Spin wizard retires ahead of IPL

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Harbhajan Singh Retirement: India’s spin wizard Harbhajan Singh announced retirement from all forms of cricket on the eve of Christmas. His illustrious career spanned across 1997-2021 that included 103 Test matches, 236 ODI matches, 28 T20I matches and 163 IPL matches. He is likely to take up a coaching role in IPL 2022. Follow IPL 2022 Mega Auction on InsideSort.IN

“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, Gratitude,” he wrote on social media.

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He is likely to take up the coaching role as stated by him during the IPL 2021 season.

“Don’t know If I’m gonna play further but enjoying my time in KKR,” he said during the on-air interview to IPL broadcaster Star Sports.

“Cricket has been the biggest thing that happened to me, would like to serve Indian cricket in whatever way I can. Whether it’s coaching or mentor, I’d be more than happy to do the needful and help the team,” he had added.

The 40-year-old will bring vast experience to the coaching role with his possible new franchise. Harbhajan Singh is among the few cricketers to take 150 wickets in the IPL which came at a brilliant economy rate of 7.07.

The Turnbanator went on to play for a number of IPL franchises including Mumbai Indians, CSK and KKR during his stint. He also led MI in 20 games and won 10 matches. The off-spinner went on to earn Rs 58.14 crore in the cash-rich league.


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With 417 wickets in 103 Test matches, Harbhajan is 14th in the list of all-time highest wicket-takers and fourth-best Indian behind Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434) and R Ashwin (427).

Test Debut: vs Australia at Bengaluru – March, 1998

Most Test wickets against Nations
95 wickets vs Australia in 18 matches
60 wickets vs South Africa in 11 matches
56 wickets vs West Indies in 11 matches
53 wickets vs Sri Lanka in 16 matches
45 wickets vs England in 14 matches

Most successful Test seasons
Year-2002: 63 wickets in 13 matches (Five 5-wicket hauls
Year-2001: 60 wickets in 12 matches (Six 5-wicket hauls, Two 10-wicket hauls)
Best Bowling figures in a Test innings
8/84 vs Australia on March 18, 2001 in Chennai

Harbhajan Singh Retirement: Ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction, Harbhajan Singh brings curtains down on his illustrious career

ODI Debut: vs New Zealand at Sharjah – April 17, 1998
Most ODI wickets against Nations
61 wickets vs Sri Lanka in 47 matches
36 wickets vs England in 23 matches
33 wickets vs West Indies in 31 matches
32 wickets vs Australia in 35 matches
31 wickets vs South Africa in 24 matches
Harbhajan also claimed 25 wickets in 28 T20 matches.

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