Harbhajan Singh, who played 103 Tests, 236 ODIs and 29 T20 matches for India, played his last match for Team India in 2016 and has now announced his retirement.
Harbhajan Singh played his last match for Team India in 2016. (Pic Credit BCCI)
Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was running out of the team for a long time. He played his last international match against the United Arab Emirates in Dhaka on 3 March 2016. Since then he was out of the team and in the meantime it was decided that Harbhajan would no longer be able to return to Team India. The reason for this was the rise of spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja as well as their poor form was also a reason. Somewhere, Harbhajan also knew that he would not be able to return to Team India again. However, he continued to play IPL during this period. In 2020, he did not play IPL due to Corona, while in 2021 Kolkata Knight Riders played him only three matches.
Meanwhile, everyone was waiting for the news of Harbhajan Singh’s retirement, but Harbhajan was that he was not doing so. After five years of playing the last match for Team India, today i.e. on December 24, Harbhajan finally announced his retirement from international cricket. Did the Indian spinner take the decision of retirement late? Harbhajan himself has given his point on this.
time is not right
In an interview given to news agency PTI, Harbhajan said about the timing of retirement, “I have to admit that the time is not right. I’m too late. Generally, I have been punctual all my life. Maybe that’s the only thing I’ve been late for. It’s just that I missed the ‘timing (timing)’ during the game.
sorry about this
Harbhajan regrets that he didn’t get a place in the national team in 2015-16 when he was in great shape but he doesn’t regret anything. Harbhajan said, “There are two perspectives to look at anything. If I see myself as a boy from a small town in Jalandhar, I had no idea about where I started and the success I got. I can only thank God. I am very grateful for cricket.
He said, “If I look at it in another way, it will be like ‘what if it were like this’. There is no point in regretting what happened five years ago. Yes, I could have retired from the cricket field, I could have said goodbye to the sport sometime back. But I have no regrets because when I look back, what I have got is more than what I did not. If I see from where I have started then there is no need to spoil my mind.