Who is Harbhajan Singh?
Success is not about money, power, and fame… Success is all about wisdom, fulfillment, hard work, and completion, and this line has been very well proved by Harbhajan Singh who is an Indian cricketer. He plays all formats of cricket for India. In fact, this handsome personality is a specialist spinner who has the Fourth-highest number of Test wickets by an off-spinner behind India’s Ravichandran Ashwin and Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan and Rangana Herath.
Other than this, Singh also gathered huge prominence as the captain of IPL team Mumbai Indians and Punjab for the 2012–13 Ranji Trophy season. Mumbai Indians won the 2011 Champions League Twenty20 under his outstanding captaincy. Thus, with his hard work and dedication, he is one of those cricketers who play for the country, not for the crowd.
Recently, on 24 December 2021, Harbhajan Singh hit the headlines by announcing his retirement from all formats of cricket.
Personal Life/Early Life
This renowned player, Harbhajan was born into a Sikh family in Jalandhar, Punjab, India. He is the talented and only son of his parents, Sardar Sardev Singh Plaha (father) and Avtar Kaur (mother). His father was a businessman who owned a ball bearing and valve factory and his mother is a housewife. Besides this, Singh grew up with his five sisters. Concerning his education, he studied at Jai Hind Model School. Later, Singh enrolled at Government Model Senior Secondary School. Furthermore, he attended Doaba School. After that, he joined Parvati Jain High School in Jalandhar.
Harbhajan was born on 03 July 1980 and has turned 41 years old as of 2021. He maintains himself very fit and healthy by following a regular and healthy diet. His height measures 5 feet 11 inches which are 180 in centimeters. He has a perfect body weight which 72kg. His dark brown eyes and black hair enhance his outstanding personality.
|Nick Name||Bhajji and Turbanator|
|Birthdate||03 July 1980|
|Age||41 years old (as of 2021)|
|Birth Place||Jalandhar, Punjab, India|
|Hobbies||Cricket and Music|
|International Debut||Test: On 25 March 1998 against Australia at Bengaluru
ODI: On 17 April 1998 against New Zealand in Sharjah
T20: On 1 December 2006 against South Africa in Johannesburg
|International Retirement||On 24 December 2021, he announced retirement from all forms of cricket.|
|Net Worth||$9 million approx.|
|Height(Approx)||In feet: 5’11”
In centimetre: 180cm
|Weight(Approx)||In kilogram: 70 kg
In grams: 154 lbs
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Family Background, Education
|Father Name||Sardar Sardev Singh Plaha (Businessman)|
|Mother Name||Avtar Kaur (Housewife)
|Siblings||Sister: 4 (Elder), 1 (Younger)
|School||Jai Hind Model School
Government Model Senior Secondary School
Parvati Jain High School in Jalandhar
|College||Did Not Attend|
|Education Qualification||Higher Secondary|
Girlfriend, Wife, Marriage
|Girlfriend||• A Sri Lankan Girl, however, name not known
• Geeta Basra (Actress)
|Wife/Spouse||Geeta Basra (Actress)
Daughter- Hinaya Heer Plaha
Favorite Things & Assets
|Favorite Actor||Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, and Dharmendra
|Favorite Color||White, Black, and Blue|
|Favorite Actress||Hema Malini|
|Favorite Destination||Goa, London|
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Harbhajan Singh Career
In November of the 1995–96 season, Singh joined the Punjab Under-16s at the age of 15 years and 4 months, taking 7/46 and 5/138 on his debut against Haryana, setting up a nine-wicket victory. His impressive performances at various age levels earned him a position in the Indian squad for the 1998 ICC U-19 World Cup, where he made his first-class debut against Services in the Ranji Trophy in October 1997. Singh also had a solid performance in the U-19 World Cup, taking eight wickets in six matches.
This famous cricketer was picked by Mumbai Indians in the inaugural season of IPL and remained with the franchise till 2017. He played a very crucial part in Mumbai’s maiden title-winning 2013 season where he picked up as many as 24 wickets. In the year 2015, he was also very handy with the bat, scoring a 24-ball 64 against Kings XI Punjab, a match he tried to win after the top-order was blown away.
After that, this handsome cricketer was let go and CSK instantly snaffled him up for the turning tracks of Cheapauk after 10 years with the franchise. Besides this, Bhajji has been showing his magic on the dusty old strip of Chennai since 2018 and so far has been moderately successful– taking 23 wickets in 24 matches.
The Ludhiana youngster made his ODI debut against New Zealand a month after his Test debut. However, much like his test debut, his ODI debut was a flop, as he only managed to pick up one wicket. In 10 matches in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Harbhajan Singh had a mixed performance, taking 11 wickets at 30.45 with an economy rate of 3.92. He was the team’s first-choice spinner and appeared in all but one match, the victory against arch-rivals Pakistan in the group stage.
Ganguly chose to bat in the final, and Harbhajan Singh was the only Indian bowler to record a wicket, with 2/49 from eight overs. The CB series became a source of pride for Harbhajan and the Indian squad after the Monkeygate affair in Sydney. In the Test series, Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds, who had annoyed the Turbanator the most, became a rabbit for the off-spinner. He had both Hayden and Symonds caught off his bowling in the space of four overs.
In the Commonwealth Bank series, which also included Sri Lanka, Harbhajan played in all eight of India’s round-robin matches, taking five wickets at 39.00. Harbhajan Singh was a member of the World Cup-winning side in 2011 and put in several solid performances. After 2011, injuries and poor form prompted Bhajji to lose his starting spot on a regular basis. Bhajji was not picked for the 2015 World Cup, and he was also not selected for the 2017 Champions Trophy.
Harbhajan was picked to visit Australia in 1999–2000 as the second spinner after getting eight wickets in his maiden Ranji encounter. Harbhajan, who made his international Test debut against Australia in March 1998 at the age of 17, did not make an impression, taking only two wickets. Due to his poor performance in the first two years, he was dropped from the Test squad. After his debut in 1998, it appeared that his career was on the decline. However, during the 2000-2005 period, India’s captain, Sourav Ganguly, was passionate on include the Sardar in the squad for the historic 2001 home series against Australia.
Bhajji made a stunning return in 2001, taking 32 wickets in three tests against Australia. In the second innings, he became the first Indian to claim a test hat-trick, which flipped the game on its head. Harbhajan and Anil Kumble developed a deadly spin combo in the following years. In July 2006, his five for 13 in the fourth test in Jamaica helped India win a test series on Caribbean soil for the first time in 35 years.
However, tragedy soon followed, and the Indian cricket squad, as well as the whole cricketing world, was forever transformed. The scandal surrounding the notorious Sydney Test and the monkey gate’ affair. While Steve Bucknor and Daryl Harper made contentious judgments that caused India to lose the match from a seemingly winning position, Harbhajan Singh was engaged in an argument with Australia’s Andrew Symonds while batting on the third day of the Sydney Test. As a consequence, he was accused of racially insulting Symonds by referring to the Australian, who is of Caribbean origin, as a “monkey.”
Match referee Mike Procter ruled Harbhajan guilty and suspended him for three Tests after a hearing following the completion of the match. This judgment sparked debate because there was no audio or video evidence and the conviction was based solely on the testimony of the Australian players.
The Ludhiana youngster last played a Test match against Sri Lanka in 2015 and has since made a few limited-overs appearances, but the Test bowling line is packed, with R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Kuldeep Yadav at the forefront.
Harbhajan Singh made his Twenty20 International debut against South Africa in 2006 and was also a member of MS Dhoni’s initial T20 World Cup-winning team. In the group stage, he is recognized for his match-winning performance against Pakistan. He also bowled in the match’s bowl-out and hit the target. Aside from the final, Harbhajan had strong performances in almost every match. His yorker dismissal of Michael Clarke in the semi-final is still imprinted in the minds of cricket fans.
Harbhajan also played in the 2009 T20 World Cup and the 2012 World Cup. In the 2012 edition, his performance of 4 for 12 against England at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo was one among the best. Harbhajan Singh, who has been in and out of the Indian team, was selected for the 2016 T20 World Cup in India but did not play a single match. In March of 2016, he played his last T20I match against the UAE.
Records and Achievements of Harbhajan Singh
- First Indian Player to Take a Hat-Trick in Tests
- Most-Wickets by an Indian Bowler in a 3-Test Series
- Second Best Match Figures in Tests by an Indian Bowler
- Fourth Highest Wicket-Taker for India in Tests
- 221 Wickets in a Winning Cause
- Second Youngest to Take 400 Wickets in Tests
- Third Youngest Indian Debutant in ODIs
- Fifth Highest Wicket-Taker in IPL
- Harbhajan Singh is one of just two cricketers to have scored two or more centuries and taken over 40 wickets in Tests against New Zealand.
Harbhajan Singh Relationship Status
As of his relationship status, Harbhajan is a married man who tied the knot of marriage with his longtime girlfriend, actress Geeta Basra, on 29 October 2015 in Jalandhar. Later, the duo was also blessed with a daughter, Hinaya Heer Plaha born on 27 July 2016. After that, they welcomed their son, Jovan on 10 July 2021.
Previously, he has also dated a Sri Lankan girl whose name is not known. As of how Singh is living a happy and blissful life with his family.
Harbhajan Singh Net Worth
Mr. Harbhajan Singh’s entire net worth is estimated to be $9 million USD, which is around 65 crore Indian rupees in Indian currency (i.e. approx Sixty-five Crore INR). Cricket provided the majority of his income and net worth.
Some Amazing Facts At A Glance About Harbhajan Singh
- He became the first Indian cricketer to take a hat-trick in a test match against Australia in 2001.
- Bhajji owns a customized SUV Hummer H2, which he imported from London in 2009.
- This talented man opened a film production company named “BM Media Productions” to produce Punjabi films in the year 2013.
- Singh has achieved the award of test cricketer of the year thrice.
- He was conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award in the year 2003 and Padma Shri Award in 2009 for cricket.
- His main sponsors are PepsiCo, Reebok, I Core, Hublot, MEP, and Royal Stag.
- In the year 2005, he played for the English county team, Surrey.
- Singh was honored with the designation of Deputy Superintendent in Punjab Police after his performance against Australia in 2001, but due to its non-compliance by Harbhajan Singh, the same was later withdrawn.
- He is very popular on Instagram having more than 4.5 million fans following.
- Bhajji was signed by Kolkata Knight Riders during the 2021 IPL auction for a sum of 2 crores.
- Harbajan announced his contract ended with Chennai Super Kings on 20 January 2021.
- He was trained as a batsman by his first coach Charanjit Singh Bhullar. However, converting to spin bowling after his coach’s untimely death saw him turn to the tutelage of Davinder Arora.
- This star won his 5 man of the match and 1 man of the series award on Indian soil.