Turbanator moves to 37; A statistical tribute to the off spinner

Harbhajan Singh celebrates his 37th birthday. One of the best spinners played till date along with Kumble and Prasanna. He was the perfect partner for Anil Kumble during his playing days. Much of the burden Kumble had was reduced by the charismatic off spinner.


Happy Birthday to one of the most influential yet controversial exponents of off spin – Harbhajan Singh. Once India’s main weapons against top quality opposition is in the sidelines now. Let’s just skip that part and talk of the influential off spinner he was in his playing days. He still plays domestic cricket and in the Indian Premier League (IPL) though. He is a crucial member for the Mumbai Indians and one of the key ingredients responsible for their success in IPL 2017.

Talking about his early playing days he was nothing short of a nemesis for right handed batsmen. Among the right handers, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting would be remembering the Punjabi off spinner. There hasn’t been any other spinner who has got into Ponting’s mind other than Harbhajan. Those were the days when bowlers used to play with the minds of the batsmen. Those were the golden days of cricket. It is happening exactly the opposite these days though. As a statistical tribute to the champion off spinner I have compiled a few statistics which talks a lot about his tryst with destiny.

One Day Internationals[ODI]

Most wickets taken by stumping

56 Muralitharan

50 Warne

42 Jayasurya

41 Saqlain

36 Harbhajan*

Youngest Indian to take a 5 wicket haul [ODI]

5/27 Irfan Pathan (20y 306d)

5/43 Habhajan* (21y 215d)

6/12 Kumble (23y 41d)

5/26 Sanjeev Sharma (23y 52d)

6/55 Sreesanth (23y 68d)

Most balls bowled for India

14382 Kumble

12359 Harbhajan*

11935 Srinath

11202 Kapil Dev

Test Matches

Most wickets by an Indian in a calendar year

75 Kapi

74 Kapil,Kumble

72 Ashwin

63 Harbhajan*

Best Bowling figures in a match for India

16/136 Hirwani

15/217 Harbhajan*

14/124 Jasubhai Patel

14/149 Kumble

Best strike rates in an innings

3.8 Toshack

5.4 Kallis

5.4 Harbhajan*

5.7 Benaud

5.8 Trumble

6.0 Watson

Inspite of all these stats put before you, one of the main achievements of Harbhajan as a test cricketer was for his bowling against Australia in the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2000/2001. He played 3 matches. Took 32 wickets at an average of 17.03 which included 4 five wicket hauls and 2 ten wicket hauls. He ended as the leading wicket-taker in the series. Harbhajan Singh may not qualify as a legend but he was part of a golden era in cricket. He occupies a pivotal place in the annals of Indian cricket history. A comeback to the Indian cricket team may not be ideal under present conditions but the memories Harbhajan has given on the field is worth mentioning.

Happy Birthday Harbhajan Singh once again!

A compilation of tweets of his former team members wishing Harbhajan Singh on his birthday.

We hope you enjoyed the day. Keep fighting. Stay blessed!