Harbhajan Singh Retires from all forms of cricket. 

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On Friday, Harbhajan Singh, the veteran Indian off-spinner, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The 41-year-old took 417, 269, and 25 wickets in 103 Tests, 236 ODIs, and 28 T20Is for India, and he also scored 3,569 runs with two centuries and nine fifties with the bat.

Harbhajan Singh, the first Indian to score a hat-trick in Test cricket when he did it against Australia at Eden Gardens in 2001, announced his retirement on social media.

“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. 

“I’ve been waiting for a few years to make this revelation public; in my perspective, I should have retired years ago, but I’m doing so now. My journey from the streets of Jalandhar to become Team India’s Turnabator has been breathtaking. There is no greater incentive for me in life than putting on the India jersey and taking the field, ” On his YouTube channel, Harbhajan stated.

Harbhajan Singh is one of the few players in both India’s 2007 (T20) and 2011 World Cup wins. The renowned off-spinner last played for India in the T20 World Cup on March 3, 2016, against the UAE. In the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2011, he led India’s spin-bowling attack to a semi-final victory over arch-rivals Pakistan before a historic win against Sri Lanka in the final. 

In 2011, Harbhajan Singh made history by beating the West Indies. Harbhajan Singh was the first Indian off-spinner to take 400 Test wickets before Ravichandran Ashwin joined the exclusive group. In the list of top Test wicket-takers for India, the former Indian spinner was recently passed by Ashwin. With 417 dismissals, Harbhajan Singh is India’s fourth-best wicket-taker. India won 103 Test matches with the legendary bowler. 

Harbhajan Singh, 41, who appeared in a few games for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) during the first phase of the previous IPL, did not appear in any of the league’s matches in the UAE. Harbhajan has always played an active role in player development, which he continued to do with the Mumbai Indians (MI) later.

While Harbhajan Singh was with KKR last year, he spent a lot of time tutoring Varun Chakravarthy, who has been a vital member of the team for the past two seasons. His best figures are 5/18. 

Harbhajan has won the coveted trophy four times during his illustrious IPL career. Last season, Harbhajan Singh’s KKR reached the IPL final. In addition, the veteran spinner is the fifth-highest wicket-taker in IPL history. In 163 IPL games, the former KKR spinner has claimed 150 wickets. Harbhajan played for the Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) (CSK). Harbhajan is also the league’s second-highest wicket-taker from India.

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