The cricket fraternity on Saturday wished World Cup-winner Harbhajan Singh on his birthday. Leading the wishes was the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as they posted on Twitter to showcase some of Harbhajan’s finest achievements for India, including the famous hat-trick against Australia in 2001 in Kolkata. BCCI wrote: “2007 World T20 & 2011 World Cup-winner. 1st Indian to scalp a Test hat-trick. 367 intl. games, 711 intl. wickets & 3,569 intl. runs. Here’s wishing @harbhajan_singh – one of the finest to represent #TeamIndia – a very happy birthday.”
2007 World T20 & 2011 World Cup-winner
1st Indian to scalp a Test hat-trick
367 intl. games, 711 intl. wickets & 3,569 intl. runs
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 3, 2021
The International Cricket Council (ICC) also praised Harbhajan while conveying their birthday wishes. They wrote, “Second highest wicket-taker for India across formats. First Indian player to register a Test hat-trick. 2007 @T20WorldCup and 2011 @cricketworldcup winner. Happy 41st birthday to @harbhajan_singh!.”
— ICC (@ICC) July 3, 2021
Indian captain Virat Kohli also wished Harbhajan Singh on his birthday.
Happy birthday Bhajju Pa.
God bless you with a good life and lots of happiness. @harbhajan_singh
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 3, 2021
Former cricketer VVS Laxman also extended his wishes to his teammate in the 2001 Kolkata Test win. He wrote, “Wishing @harbhajan_singh a very Happy Birthday. May you experience depth of love and peak of happiness. Have a great day and a fabulous year ahead #HarbhajanSingh.”
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 3, 2021
Former India player Virender Sehwag also wished Harbhajan through a tweet.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 3, 2021
Former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar also wished Harbhajan on his birthday.
Janamdin ki lakh lakh vadayian Bhajji.
Have a blessed year full of happiness & good health. pic.twitter.com/8SqEVomDeG
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 3, 2021
Ex-India players Suresh Raina and Mohammad Kaif also tweeted, wishing the off-spinner a happy birthday.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 3, 2021
World Cup winner Yuvraj Singh also wished the off-spinner in the most unique way possible.
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 3, 2021
Harbhajan played 103 Tests for India and picked 417 wickets at an average of 32.46. He also represented the country in the ODI-format 236 times and took 269 wickets.
He showcased his ability in the T20 format as well, registering 25 scalps in 28 international games.
He played a key part in India’s victorious 2007 T20 World Cup as well as the 2011 World Cup campaigns under the leadership of MS Dhoni.
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