Harbhajan Singh Retires From All Forms of Cricket
One of India’s greatest spinners, Harbhajan Singh has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. On Friday, 24th December, the 41 year old took to Twitter to break the news to the world. He also linked a Youtube video explaining the reasoning behind his decision.
The tweet reads:
“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”
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
In the video, he speaks about how hard the decision was for him to make. Sharing his pride in donning the Indian jersey, he elaborates on how he made the decision to retire in the midst of the 2021 IPL season but had not announced it to the public.
He thanks his teachers, family ,God and everyone involved for the opportunity to play for India. His hattrick against Australia, and the World cup wins of 2007 and 2011 remain the most memorable moments of his career.
He finishes his career with 711 international wickets across formats. With 417 test wickets, he is currently 4th on the list of all time highest wicket takers for India. Most fans will remember him for his starring role in the 2000-01 Border-Gavaskar series. He single handedly dismantled the Aussies, with 32 wickets from 3 matches. In the process, he also became the first player to pick up a test hattrick for India. With 150 wickets from 163 games, he is the 5th highest wicket takers in the IPL.
Harbhajan was also part of World Cup winning squads of 2007 and 2011, playing pivotal roles in both campaigns. In addition, he has also won 4 IPL and 2 CLT20 titles with the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings.