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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
Rajneesh Gupta
Rajneesh Gupta

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.

BowlerFiguresVenue Date

Joel Garner (WI)

5-38Lord's 23 Jun 1979
5-47Perth 03 Jan 1987
B Lee (Aus)5-30Melbourne25 Jan 2003
5-41Lord's10 Jul 2005
Harbhajan (Ind)5-43Mumbai03 Feb 2002
5-31Delhi28 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 Jayasuriya629SlMoratuwa 20 Mar 1993
Saqlain Mushtaq520PakRawalpindi 30 Oct 2000
Harbhajan Singh531IndDelhi 28 Mar 2006
M Muralitharan534SlLord's 20 Aug 1998
Shahid Afridi540PakLahore 27 Oct 2000
Harbhajan Singh543IndMumbai 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:

123Kumble87475234936-12128.4038.63 4.41
60Tendulkar120276523695-32239.4845.08 5.14
52Harbhajan 43235416685-31232.6646.26 4.33
52R Sashtri57233217764-28034.1544.85 4.57
39Maninder Singh34196313473-21034.5450.33 4.12
33SLV Raju231230 8294-46025.1237.27 4.04

First Published: Mar 29, 2006 12:33 IST