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Harbhajan Singh retires: Cricket fraternity lauds Turbanator's contribution to the game

New Delhi, Dec 24: The cricketing fraternity congratulated India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for his contribution to the game as the Turbanator announced his retirement from all forms of the game on Friday (December 24).

The former Indian spin legend, who last played for India in March 2016 in a T20 against UAE, had been contemplating bringing down the curtains on a highly successful international career for quite some time now.

During his 18-year stint in international cricket, he was part of two World Cup-winning sides -- the inaugural ICC World T20 in 2007 and then the ODI World Cup in 2011.

In his stellar career, the Turbanator took 417 wickets in 103 Tests, 269 wickets in 236 ODIs and 25 scalps in 28 T20Is. "Congratulations on a wonderful career Pajhi Your contribution to cricket has been immense and it was a pleasure to play alongside you. Enjoyed our great moments together on and off the field. Wishing you luck for your next innings @harbhajan_singh," India opener Shikhar Dhawan tweeted.

NCA chief and former India batsman VVS Laxman also extended his good wishes to the 41-year-old cricket. "Hearty congratulations to my great mate @harbhajan_singh on a remarkable career! A tremendous exponent of off-spin, a gifted batsman and a true competitor who fashioned many a wonderful Indian victory. Best wishes for the future, Bhajji, go well!"

Former Indian pacer, S Sreesanth, who was in tears after Harbhajan had allegedly slapped him on-field during an IPL match in 2008, labelled the spinner as the best in the world. "@harbhajan_singh Ur gonna be the one of the best ever played cricket not just for India but in world of cricket..it's a huge honour to know u and to have played with you b bhajjipa ....will always cherish the lovely hugs (lucky for me) before my spells ) lots of love and respect."

India's newly appointed vice-captain in Test cricket, KL Rahul, tweeted, "He was a great spinner for India and youngsters like us came in the team, he was very supportive and welcomed us."

India spinner Kuldeep Yadav hailed Harbhajan as a legend of the game and tweeted, "A legend of the game and a match-winner for our country Thank you @harbhajan_singh Paaji for your guidance and helping me with my game. You will be missed. Best wishes."

Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel wrote on Twitter, "More than a truly great player, Bhajju Pa was always a big brother for all the juniors.@harbhajan_singh would make us laugh all the time and was someone who always made the dressing room like our home. Best wishes in your new innings. #harbhajansingh."

Ex-India spinner Pragyan Ojha also congratulated the legendary spinner for his stellar career and tweeted, "Congratulations bhajju pa on a splendid career, something that the entire country is proud of. Wishing you the best for the future endeavours. Also a big thank you for being an inspiration to many budding young spinners. God bless you and the family!"

India pacer Umesh Yadav termed the spinner as one of the finest to represent the country. "One of the finest to represent who won so many games for the nation. Best wishes Bhajju Paa on your retirement @harbhajan_singh," tweeted Umesh.

India batsman Mayank Agarwal tweeted, "Congratulations @harbhajan_singh for a wonderful career. I remember as a kid watching you take that hattrick against Australia in 2001. Thank you for the great memories Bhajji paa. I wish you best for the journey ahead."

Former India cricketer Suresh Raina wrote, "Your contribution to Indian cricket will always be cherished, @harbhajan_singh paaji wishing you all the best for your future."

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Story first published: Friday, December 24, 2021, 17:24 [IST]
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