Decided to retire during the 2021 IPL, waited for the right moment to share: Harbhajan Singh – Nach Welt

Harbhajan Singh. (Photo by Visionhaus / Getty Images)

Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who announced his retirement from all cricket on Dec. 24, said he has been thinking about it since the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League. With a social media post, the 41-year-old let the curtain fall on his 23-year career and admitted that he was already retired “in many ways”.

He said the decision was not an easy one, but having been inactive internationally since March 2016, it was time to close the chapter one last time.

“There comes a time in your life when you need to make some difficult decisions and move forward. I’ve wanted to make this announcement for the past few years, but I’ve been waiting for the right moment to share it with all of you: today I’m pulling out of all formats of cricket, “he said. “I was already retired as a cricketer in a number of ways but couldn’t make my official announcement.

“I haven’t been an active cricketer in a while. But I had an obligation to Kolkata Knight Riders and wanted to spend the IPL season (2021) with them. But during the season itself, I made up my mind to give up.

“My journey from the streets of Jalandhar to the Turnabator for Team India was wonderful. There is no greater motivation for me in life than to go out on the field and wear the India jersey, ”he added.

“I was thrilled when I got the hat trick in Calcutta. I was the first Indian cricketer to do a test hat trick. In this series I collected 32 wickets in 3 matches, which is a record so far. After that, the T20 World Championship 2007 and the World Championship victories in 2011 remain very important to me. I cannot forget these memories in my life forever. I cannot put into words how much joy these victories have given me. “

Cricket was, is and will always be an important part of my life: Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan, who made his international debut in the 1998 Bangalore Test against Australia, represented India in 103 Tests, selecting 417 wickets out of 32.46, including five 10-fors and 25 five-wicket hauls. He currently stands as India’s fourth highest test wicket taker. In 236 ODIs he scalped 269 wickets at 33.35 while he also has 25 T20I wickets in 28 games.

Harbhajan has had many highs in his career, but nothing greater than contributing to India’s success at the 2007 T20 World Championship and the 2011 ODI World Championship – both under MS Dhoni. A IPL Veteran, Harbhajan also has 150 wickets in the tournament from 163 games to 26.87 and an economy rate of 7.08.

“On this trip I met a lot of people that very few have the opportunity to meet. Some of them have become friends and some of them have become families. Cricket was, is and always will be an important part of my life. I have served Indian cricket for years and will continue to strive to serve them in the future, ”he said. “I have no idea of ​​the future, but whatever I am today is because of cricket. I would be very happy if I can help Indian cricket in any role in the future.

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