Harbhajan Singh, born on 3 July 1980 in Jalandhar, Punjab, India, is an Indian cricketer and captain of IPL team Mumbai Indians and Punjab State for the 2012–13 Ranji Trophy season. A specialist bowler, he has the second-highest number of Test wickets by an off spinner, behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.
Harbhajan made his Test and One Day International (ODI) debuts in early 1998. His career was initially affected by investigations into the legality of his bowling action, as well as several disciplinary incidents. However in 2001, with leading leg spinner Anil Kumble injured, Harbhajan’s career was resuscitated after Indian captain Sourav Ganguly called for his inclusion in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy team. In that series victory over Australia, Harbhajan established himself as the team’s leading spinner by taking 32 wickets, becoming the first Indian bowler to take a hat trick in Test cricket.
Throughout 2006 and into early 2007, Harbhajan’s accumulation of wickets fell and his bowling average increased, and he was increasingly criticised for bowling defensively with less loop. Following India’s first-round elimination from the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Harbhajan was replaced by other spinners in the national squad for both formats. He regained a regular position in the team in late 2007, but became the subject of more controversy.
In early 2008, he was given a ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for racially vilifying Andrew Symonds. The ban was revoked upon appeal, but in April, Harbhajan was banned from the 2008 Indian Premier League and suspended from the ODI team by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for slapping Sreesanth after a match.
He was conferred the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, in 2009.
Identify the Player:
Questions of this week:
1. Who emerged winner in the inaugural tie of the Samba T-20 Cricket Cup?
2. Who won the title trophy of the T-20 cricket tournament organized by police at Udhampur recently?
3. Who claimed the fourth test match between India and Australia and by how many wickets?
4. Who won the second round of the wrestling competition organized by police at Rajouri recently?
5. Who lifted the title trophy of the Sub-Junior Hockey Championship organized by Hockey Poonch recently?
Answers of the last week:
1. Bhuveshwar Singh, 2. Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt, 3 India by 6 Wickets, 4. Shubham Khajuria and Rohit Sharma, 5. Law School.
The best entry of this week was received from Tushar Mahajan, H No 55, Lower Laxmi Nagar, Sarwal, Jammu.
The other entries of the week were from Sanjay Dhar from Sarwal, Sunil Kochar from Sarore, Dileep Katyal from Udheywala, Nainy Bali from Talab Tillo and Sanjay Sharma of Shastri Nagar.