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Harbhajan Singh

07 August, 2006

An elegant batsman who evokes memories of the young Azharuddin, Mohammad Kaif comes from the cricketing backwater of Uttar Pradesh.

Full name: Harbhajan Singh

Born: July 3, 1980, Jullundur (now Jalandhar), Punjab

Current age: 26 years 102 days

Major teams :India, Punjab, Surrey

Batting style :Right-hand bat

Bowling style :Right-arm offbreak

 

Statsguru Test player, ODI player


 

 Batting and fielding averages
class  mat  inns  no  runs  hs  ave  bf  sr  100  50  4s  6s  ct  st
Tests   57   79   18   986   66   16.16   1451   67.95   0   2   142   16   30   0
ODIs   134   67   19   641   46   13.35   782   81.96   0   0   55   16   39   0
First-class   112   147   33   2210   84   19.38         0   6         57   0
List A   175   94   26   912   46   13.41         0   0         58   0
Twenty20   8   3   1   11   6   5.50   12   91.66   0   0         2   0

 Bowling averages
class  mat  balls  runs  wkts  bbi  bbm  ave  econ  sr  4  5  10
Tests   57   15162   7108   238   8/84   15/217   29.86   2.81   63.70   5   19   4
ODIs   134   7201   4919   160   5/31   5/31   30.74   4.09   45.00   2   2   0
First-class   112   27039   12773   467   8/84      27.35   2.83   57.89      30   5
List A   175   9251   6313   213   5/31   5/31   29.63   4.09   43.43   4   2   0
Twenty20   8   138   152   4   2/22   2/22   38.00   6.60   34.50   0   0   0

 Career statistics
 
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Test debut  India v Australia at Bangalore - Mar 25-28, 1998 scorecard
Last Test  West Indies v India at Kingston - Jun 30-Jul 2, 2006 scorecard
ODI debut  India v New Zealand at Sharjah - Apr 17, 1998 scorecard
Last ODI  Australia v India at Kuala Lumpur - Sep 22, 2006 scorecard
First-class span  1997/98 - 2006
List A span  1997/98 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span  2005

 Profile

Wisden overview

A player of passion, with talent to match, Harbhajan Singh is India's most successful offspin bowler. Bowling with a windmilling, whiplash action, remodelled after he was reported for throwing, he exercises great command over the ball, has the ability to vary his length and pace, and can turn it the other way too. His main wicket-taking ball, however, is the one that climbs wickedly on the unsuspecting batsman from a good length, forcing him to alter his stroke at the last second. In March 2001, it proved too much for the all-conquering Australians, as Harbhajan collected 32 wickets in three Tests, including the first Test hat-trick by an Indian, while none of his team-mates managed more than three. He has never quite managed to reach those heights again, but he remains an irresistible force on home pitches where he can be unplayable once he manages an opening. Purists might mutter about a lack of loop and flight, but he is very much a product of his times where short boundaries and heavy bats afford little latitude to slow bowlers. His overseas record, despite two five-fors against West Indies in India's last tour there in 2006, remains a worry: he averages nearly 40 per wicket outside India, while at home he averages just over 25. He can be occasionally explosive with the bat and has scored nearly 1000 runs. At 26, he remains the prime candidate to carry on India's rich legacy in spin after the the retirement of Anil Kumble.


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