Former off spinner Harbhajan Singh has announced his decision to end his career in all forms of cricket on Friday. Harbhajan who’s professional career spans more than two decades, the last time played cricket for India in 2016 in the form of a T20 international.
Cricket fans will forever have nostalgic memories of the spinner who became famous in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy of 2001 against Australia where he racked up 32 wickets in three games.
In all, “the Turbanator or ‘the Turbanator’ as he’s affectionately known by his fans recorded a record-breaking 417 wickets over 103 Tests. That’s the fourth-highest number ever recorded in the history of the Indian bowler in the Test cricket. The day before the 41-year old announced his decision to draw back the curtain on his illustrious career on Twitter.
He wrote “All good things must come to an end, and today as I say goodbye to the sport which has brought me everything in my life I’d appreciate all those who helped make this 23-year journey memorable and beautiful. I am truly grateful Thank you, I am grateful.”
Harbhajan hasn’t played much cricket over the last few years, so this decision shouldn’t come as surprise. In reality Harbhajan hasn’t played a single game in the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) during the UAE portion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year. He was mainly spending his time preparing young players for the team.
In his IPL career”Bhajji” represented Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders, in 163 matches, with 150 wins to his credit with an average rate of.
In a further discussion regarding his choice to put down the boots Harbhajan stated that he was already retired in his head and was just taking it to the next level.
“In my head I was retired earlier, however I am making this announcement today. From the streets of Jalandhar to becoming”the Turnabator of Team India has been a amazing one. There’s no greater motivation for me than taking to the field wearing the India jersey.” said the Jalandhar-born player on his YouTube channel.
He added “There is a point in our lives when we need to make a hard decisionand make a move in the right direction. I’ve been in the process of waiting for a couple of years to make the announcement public. I’m retiring from all cricket forms.”