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Early years and personal life
Harbhajan was born into a middle classPunjabi family, the only son of businessman Sardar Sardev Singh, who owned a ball bearing and valve factory. 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.
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
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
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.