Harbhajan Singh has been an integral part of Indian cricket team history. When tossed the ball, he weaves the magic by providing crucial breakthroughs. The number of wickets that he took speaks huge volumes.
At times, his late exploits coupled with special knocks has been an added advantage for the team. The veteran hasn’t called it quits on his International career. Popularly called as ‘Turbanator’, he played the role of a commentator during India’s tour of England.
He marked his presence for his country in 103 Tests and 236 ODIs. The worst phase of his illustrious career was he dealt a slew of injuries that decelerated his confidence levels. The off-spinner went on to reveal the worst injury that he had encountered while playing against New Zealand which was scheduled before the Australian tour in 2003.
Bhajji had torn his ligament on his finger, creating chaos and nothing else. He wasn’t fully fit and so he was rested for the Australian tour. Harbhajan Singh also took an indirect dig at his former captain Sourav Ganguly. During those days, Sourav Ganguly with an uncompromising attitude wanted to have the services of Harbhajan on the tour.
In the process, Harbhajan’s injury turned from bad to worse. Due to the same reason, the experienced campaigner had to sit out for a period of 8 months. Having stressed himself, he missed out on the crucial tour of Pakistan in 2003-04.
Harbhajan Singh said while talking to ESPN Cricinfo, “I tore my ligament in my bowling finger playing against New Zealand in India, just before going on tour to Australia. I went into that series with an injury because the captain wanted me to go on tour. I told him that I was injured, but he said, “No, I need you there.” The injury got a lot worse and took me out of the game for eight months, which meant I missed that historic series against Pakistan [2003-04]”.
When fit, Harbhajan Singh was at his best. He chipped in with a total of 417 wickets to his standards in Test cricket whereas he bagged 269 wickets in his ODI career. He had once revealed that the best captain he played under was ‘Dada’.