Harbhajan Singh turns 37: From Geeta Basra to Sachin Tendulkar, birthday wishes flow for 'Turbanator'

Veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh turned 37 on Monday. The bowling great was just 17-years-old when he made his Test debut against Australia at Bengaluru in 1998. Since then the ace spinner has went on to represent India in 103 Test matches, picking up 417 wickets and is currently the third highest wicket-taker in the country. In 2001, he became the first Indian bowler to pick a hat-trick in Test cricket.

File image of India’s Harbhajan Singh. Reuters

File image of India’s Harbhajan Singh. Reuters

Along with excelling in the longer format, he has scalped 269 wickets in 236 ODI appearances and 25 wickets in 28 T20Is at a meager economy of 6.20. The spinner from Punjab has been a vital part of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians — being part of three successful campaigns (2013, 2015, 2017) — and is one of  the few players to have played for the same franchise since the inception of the cash-rich league.

Besides his bowling exploits, Harbhajan is an able lower-order batsmen who has two test tons and has made numerous important contributions in limited-overs format.

The Indian bowling genius is known as 'Turbanator' in the cricketing world, while his teammates affectionately call him ‘Bhajji’. Family, friends and fans took to social media to wish India’s most successful off spinner on his special day.

Published Date: Jul 03, 2017 16:23 PM | Updated Date: Jul 03, 2017 16:40 PM

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