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Harbhajan Singh turns 37; wishes pour in from friends, teammates

Harbhajan Singh, India cricketer, celebrated his 37th birthday on Monday. His friends and family wished the spinner on the special day

cricket Updated: Jul 03, 2017 15:17 IST
HT Correspondent
Harbhajan Singh is the third highest wicket-taker for India in Test cricket.
Harbhajan Singh is the third highest wicket-taker for India in Test cricket.(AFP)

Harbhajan Singh, the third highest wicket-taker for India in Test cricket, on Monday turned 37. ‘Turbunator’ as he is fondly known, Harbhajan remained an integral part of the Indian Test side when they clambered up in the ICC Rankings, also playing vital roles in India’s wins in the ICC World T20 2007 as well as in the ICC World Cup 2011.

Harbhajan may have been away from the national side for a while — his last international match was in March 2016 — he remains a vital cog for the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Mumbai Indians.

Harbhajan is one of the very few cricketers who have played for one franchise in all 10 editions of the IPL, and is the only second cricketer after Rohit Sharma to have won the coveted T20 trophy as many as three times.

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India’s most successful off-spinner, Harbhajan is among the only three bowlers who have played 100 or more Tests for India. While his partner-in-crime Anil Kumble finished with 132 Tests, the legendary Kapil Dev played 131. So far, Harbhajan has played 103 Tests for India.

Harbhajan has 417 Tests wickets for India, which puts him third in the list for the country and 11th overall. In 234 ODIs, Harbhajan snaffled 265 wickets for India, which puts him at te fifth spot in the overall list.

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Several of Harbhajan’s friends and teammates, including his wife Geeta Basra, took to social media to express their wishes on his birthday: