Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh retires from cricket

Harbhajan had appeared in a few matches in the first phase of the last IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders, but did not play in the UAE part of the league.

Veteran non-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who became the first Indian bowler to win a test hat trick in a memorable international career, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday, saying he is finally communicating this that he had in mind for the past few years.

The 41-year-old from Punjab won 417 wickets in 103 tests, 269 wickets in 236 ODI and 25 scalps in 28 T20I during his illustrious career, which began in 1998.

“All good things come to an end and today, as I say goodbye to the game that gave me everything in my life, I want to thank everyone who made this 23-year-old trip beautiful and memorable,” said he tweeted.

“From the narrow lanes of Jalandhar to becoming the turbanator of Team India, it has been a beautiful journey of the past 25 years,” he said.

Harbhajan, who made his India debut in an ODI against New Zealand in Sharjah in 1998, last played for the country in March 2016 in a T20I against the United Arab Emirates in Dhaka.

He said he was hopeful of retiring in the colors of India, but that could not come to pass.

“Like all cricketers, I too wanted to say goodbye in an Indian jersey, but fate had something else in store for me,” he said in a youtube video posted alongside his tweet.

“… There comes a time when you have to make some tough decisions and get ahead in life. Mentally, I had retired a long time ago but couldn’t announce it. I have not been active in cricket, ”he added.

Harbhajan had appeared in a few matches in the first phase of the last IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders, but did not play in the UAE part of the league.

“I haven’t played cricket for a while, but due to my involvement with the Kolkata Knight Riders I wanted to stay with them during the IPL season, but I made my decision during the season. «  » Whatever team I played with, I have always been 100% to make sure my team finishes at the top, whether it is India, the Chennai Super Kings, the Mumbai Indians, the Kolkata Knight Riders, Surrey or the County of Essex. One of the most memorable moments of his international career was when he broke 32 wickets in three tests, including the test’s first hat trick by an Indian, against Australia in March 2001. This historic test triumph is one of the most iconic moments in Indian cricket. .

“In my cricket career, I was happy for the first time to have achieved a hat trick in Kolkata and became the first Indian bowler to score a hat trick in Test Cricket. I had also taken 32 wickets in three matches, which remains a record.

“Then the 2007 and 2011 World Cup victories were the most important for me. Such memorable moments that I cannot forget in my life and I can never explain in words what it meant to me. Harbhajan thanked his parents, spiritual guru, wife and children in the video, saying he would now try to make up for the time he couldn’t be there with them due to his cricket commitments.

“My parents worked hard to make my dreams come true. If I was born again, I would like to be born again as their son, ”he said.

“My wife Geeta, your love completes me, you have seen the best and the worst of me. You won’t complain that I don’t give you time anymore. (And) I’m happy to have time for my children and to watch them grow up, ”he added.

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