Harbhajan Singh, veteran spinner of the Indian cricket team take retirement from cricket

The Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh of the Indian cricket team on Friday announced the end of his 23-year long career.

Harbhajan Singh, veteran spinner of the Indian cricket team take retirement from cricket

Harbhajan Singh, veteran spinner of the Indian cricket team take retirement from cricket

The Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh of the Indian cricket team on Friday announced the end of his 23-year long career. The veteran, who took India's first hat-trick in Test cricket, released a video on social media and sent the message to the fans. Bhajji told that he would have retired 3 years ago but could not do so due to some special reason.

“The journey of 25 years from the narrow streets of Jalandhar to the Turbanator of Team India was very beautiful. Whenever I have come down wearing the India jersey, there was probably no greater motivation in my life than that. But there comes a point like this. It's when you have to take tough decisions and move on. I wanted to make an announcement for the past few years and waited when to share that moment with all of you."

Singh has played 103 Test cricket matches for the country, taking 417 wickets in 190 innings at an average of 32.5. During this, he also achieved the feat of taking four and five wickets on the cricket field 16 times and 25 times. Harbhajan’s best bowling performance in test cricket is eight wickets for 84 runs. Apart from Test cricket, he has played 236 ODIs for the country, taking 269 wickets at an average of 33.4 in 227 innings. Apart from Test and ODI cricket, he also played 28 T20 International matches for the Indian team. During this, he achieved 25 successes in 27 innings at an average of 24.5.

“I am taking retirement from all forms of cricket today, although I had apparently retired long ago I have not been able to announce it. Anyway, for the last few years I was not playing active cricket but Kolkata Knight Riders I wanted to be with him for the IPL season because of the deal with him. I had made up my mind to retire during the season itself."

“Well like every cricketer I wanted to say goodbye to cricket in India jersey but fate probably had something else in mind. Whatever team I played for, I was 100% dedicated to making my team finish on top. Be it the Indian team Is it Punjab team or Mumbai Indians, CSK, KKR or Surrey or Essex County."