Harbhajan in Garner, Lee league
He joins the two bowlers who had also taken two five-wicket hauls against England, writes Rajneesh Gupta.india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 18:46 IST
Harbhajan played a significant part in India’s remarkable win over England in the opening encounter of seven-match series.
Top scoring with 37 and taking India to a somewhat respectable total earlier in the day, Harbhajan just ran through England’s batting line-up returning the career-best figures of 5 for 31.
He, in the process, became the first Indian and only the third bowler to claim five wickets on two separate occasions against England.
Harbhajan had earlier taken 5 for 43 at Mumbai when English team has visited India last time in 2002. Harbhajan now joins West Indian Joel Garner and Australia's Brett Lee who had also taken five wickets on two occasions against England.
Joel Garner (WI)
|5-38||Lord's||23 Jun 1979|
|5-47||Perth||03 Jan 1987|
|B Lee (Aus)||5-30||Melbourne||25 Jan 2003|
|5-41||Lord's||10 Jul 2005|
|Harbhajan (Ind)||5-43||Mumbai||03 Feb 2002|
|5-31||Delhi||28 Mar 2006|
Harbhajan's figures are also the best by an Indian spinner and second best among all Indian bowlers (after Ashish Nehra's 6 for 23 in 2003 World Cup game). His performance, in fact, is the third best byany spinner against England. The details:
|Sanath Jayasuriya||6||29||Sl||Moratuwa||20 Mar 1993|
|Saqlain Mushtaq||5||20||Pak||Rawalpindi||30 Oct 2000|
|Harbhajan Singh||5||31||Ind||Delhi||28 Mar 2006|
|M Muralitharan||5||34||Sl||Lord's||20 Aug 1998|
|Shahid Afridi||5||40||Pak||Lahore||27 Oct 2000|
|Harbhajan Singh||5||43||Ind||Mumbai||03 Feb 2002|
With his five-wicket haul Harbhajan took his wicket tally to 52 in 43 games athome soil, which is the third highest for an Indian after Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar, though had taken some of wickets with his gentle medium also. So in real sense, Harbhajan is now the second highest wicket taker among spinners on Indian soil.
Here-under is a list of leading spinners on Indian soil: