- Harbhajan has been one of the magnificent players India have ever produced.
- Harbhajan was an integral part of the Indian team across formats in the 2000s.
- The 41-year-old from Punjab last played for the country in March, 2016 during a T20I against the UAE at Dhaka.
India’s most decorated off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Friday announced his retirement from all forms of competitive cricket. In his heartfelt note, he ‘thanked’ everyone for making his 23-year long cricketing journey memorable. Harbhajan played 103 Tests, 236 ODIs and 28 T20Is for India. The 41-year-old from Punjab took 417 wickets in Tests, 269 wickets in ODIs and 25 wickets in T20Is during his stellar career.
“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,” Harbhajan tweeted.
As expected, Harbhajan’s former teammates and other people from the cricketing fraternity came forward to wish the legendary Indian bowler. Here as the reactions:
Bhajji! 🏏♥️ 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/JSgNHm6z9R
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 24, 2021
Hearty congratulations to my great mate @harbhajan_singh on a remarkable career! A tremendous exponent of off-spin, a gifted batsman and a true competitor who fashioned many a wonderful Indian victory. Best wishes for the future, Bhajji, go well! pic.twitter.com/xEMTpGBru3
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 24, 2021
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) December 24, 2021
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) December 24, 2021
Congratulations bhajju pa on a splendid career, something that the entire country is proud of. Wishing you the best for the future endeavours. Also a big thank you for being an inspiration to many budding young spinners. God bless you and the family!
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) December 24, 2021
Harbhajan Singh has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket 👇https://t.co/7VWltEIgm3
— ICC (@ICC) December 24, 2021
More than a truly great player, Bhajju Pa was always a big brother for all the juniors. @harbhajan_singh would make us laugh all the time and was someone who always made the dressing room like our home. Best wishes in your new innings. #harbhajansingh pic.twitter.com/8aNhOYvFDW
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) December 24, 2021
You turned many games for India. You won many for MI. You took to the field and played with passion for all the teams you represented over your long career! 🙌💙
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 24, 2021
As Harbhajan Singh bids adieu to all forms of cricket, we wish him the very best. 🇮🇳🔝
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 24, 2021
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) December 24, 2021
One of the finest to represent 🇮🇳 who won so many games for the nation. Best wishes Bhajju Paa on your retirement. 🙏 @harbhajan_singh
— Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) December 24, 2021
Bhajju Pa with 711 international wickets has been a legend but he was always been a very humble teammate and inspiration for all the boys who came from the small towns. I am sure your new innings will be as [email protected]_singh #harbhajansingh #Bhajj pic.twitter.com/SOlRrrRvXM
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) December 24, 2021
Harbhajan has been one of the magnificent players India have ever produced. After making his international debut in 1998 during an ODI against New Zealand at Sharjah. The 41-year-old from Punjab last played for the country in March, 2016 during a T20I against the UAE at Dhaka. Harbhajan was an integral part of the Indian team across formats in the 2000s and won the 2007 ICC WT20 and the 2011 ICC World Cup with the team under MS Dhoni’s captaincy. Harbhajan shot to fame in 2001 as he played a stellar role in helping India beat Steve Waugh’s all-conquering Australian side in a home Test series.