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B'day special: Do you know these facts about Harbhajan Singh?

On Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh’s birthday, we give you some interesting facts about the Punjabi offie.

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh. Pic/ AFP

>> Harbhajan Singh is rated as India’s best and overall one of the finest off spinners of all time.

>> He was born in a Sikh family and is the only brother to five sisters.

>> His nicknames are ‘Bhajji’ and ‘The Turbanator’.

>> Harbhajan is the first Indian to take a hat-trick in Test cricket. He did so in 2001 during India’s tour of Australia.

>> In 2008, Harbhajan was banned by the ICC and was charged for racial insult towards Andrew Symonds. The ban was later revoked after appeal.

>> Later in 2008 during the first IPL, Harbhajan was banned from the tournament after slapping Sreesanth after a match.

>> In 2009, he was conferred the Padma Shri Award.

>> Harbhajan has been awarded the Man-of-series on three occasions in Tests and ODIs.

>> Harbhajan has reportedly been in an on-off relationship with Bollywood actress Geeta Basra.

>> Earlier, Bhajji’s goal was to become a all-rounder in cricket.

>> He is famously known for bowling the ‘doosra’

Harbhjaan's statistics

Tests:
Matches - 102
Wickets - 416
Best figures - 8/84
Bowling average - 32.32
Economy rate - 2.83

ODIs:
Matches - 229
Wickets - 259
Best figures - 5/31
Bowling average - 33.40
Economy rate - 4.30

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