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Harbhajan Singh announces his retirement from all forms of cricket

Legendary Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has announced his retirement from all forms of the game. The 41-year old announced it through his Twitter handle, calling time on a stellar 23-year career.



He made his Test debut in March 1998 against Australia in Bengaluru and his ODI debut the following month against New Zealand at Sharjah.


The Turbanator, as he is famously called, has picked up a staggering 417 wickets in 103 Tests at an average of 32.46. He ranks 4th in the highest wicket-takers list for India in Test cricket, recently overtaken by Ravi Ashwin.


Perhaps the individual highlight of his career came very early when he single-handedly carried the Indian bowling attack in the epic 2001 series against Australia. He picked up a total of 32 wickets in just 3 tests playing a crucial role in India's historic win over Australia.


He picked up his career-best figures of 8/84 in the 3rd test against Australia in the same series. He was also a handy batsman lower down the order for India scoring 2 centuries in Test match cricket.



His ODI numbers are very impressive as well having taken 269 in 236 games, taking a wicket for every 33 runs he conceded. The crowning moment of his career came in 2011 when he helped India win the ODI World Cup.


Harbhajan represented the Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkota Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League(IPL) where he won the title four times, thrice with MI and once with CSK. He took 150 wickets in the IPL which puts him in 5th place in the highest wicket-takers list in the IPL and 3rd among Indians.


He played his last match for India in 2016 which was an Asia cup game against UAE. It brings an end to a magnificent career and signals the end of an era with the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag already retired.

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