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Early years and personal life

Harbhajan was born into a middle class Punjabi family, the only son of businessman Sardar Sardev Singh, who owned a ball bearing and valve factory.[2][3] Growing up with five sisters, he was in line to inherit the family business, but his father insisted that he concentrate on his cricket career and represent India.[3]

Harbhajan was trained as a batsman by his first coach Charanjit Singh Bullar, but converted to spin bowling after his coach's untimely death saw him turn to the tutelage of Davinder Arora. Arora credits Harbhajan's success to a work ethic that included a three hour training session in the morning, followed by another in the afternoon lasting from 3pm until after sunset, using the headlights of a parked scooter to provide light.[3


Player profile

Full name Harbhajan Singh
Born July 3, 1980, Jullundur (now Jalandhar), Punjab
Current age 26 years 260 days
Major teams India, Punjab, Reebok XI, Surrey
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Career statistics
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  Bangladesh v India at Port of Spain - Mar 17, 2007 scorecard
Only Twenty20 Int.  South Africa v India at Johannesburg - Dec 1, 2006 scorecard
First-class span  1997/98 - 2006/07
List A span  1997/98 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span  2005 - 2006/07

He is another prime example of the modern day Indian cricketer. A player full of passion, with talent to match. A player with a fire in his belly, aggressive and fiery, and with a will to perform. An off spinner, he had big shoes to fill, for we were all too many times reminded of the golden generation of Indian spinners, and fill them to perfection he did, earning himself the title of India’s most successful off spinner ever.

'Bhajji' as he is affectionately called, possesses great skill with the ball and can be explosive with the bat as well. Whether he is able to channel his energy towards the right directions and regain the spinning heights he once reached, remains to be seen. But aged 26, he is the main candidate to carry on India’s rich spin legacy after the retirement of the likes of Kumble.

Harbhajan gained great grit and determination during those tough days, qualities that help him in every match as he tediously and cunningly plots ways to get batsmen out. Blessed with superb control, his deliveries are bowled with a whiplash action, with less flight than normal. Describes as an aggressive spinner in a classical mould, Harbhajan’s arsenal lies in his varying line and length; his main weapons being the straighter one, and the one that climbs unsuspectingly at the batsman from good length.

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan sings his own song
India spinner Harbhajan Singh delivers a ball in practice for the second Test