Legendary spinner Harbhajan Singh put an end to his 23-year long cricket career on Friday. He announced his retirement from all structures. Harbhajan, who was part of the team that won the T20 and 2011 ODI World Cup in the year 2007, played many memorable matches. He performed on many occasions when the team was facing difficulties. Harbhajan has been a very mythical and fearless player. People are reacting in their way to Harbhajan's retirement.
Indian Test team captain Virat Kohli and head coach have also reacted to Harbhajan saying goodbye to cricket. Both have wished the spinner all the best for the future. After the retirement of spinner Harbhajan Singh from international cricket, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has extended his best wishes to him for the future. Harbhajan Singh tweeted on Friday and informed them about his retirement from international cricket. He is at number four in the list of bowlers with the most Test wickets in Test cricket for India. He played his last international match for India 5 years ago in the 2016 Asia Cup T20 against UAE. After Bhajji's retirement, former captain Ganguly has written an emotional post. Dada also told that what inspired him the most about Bhajji.
Let us tell you that in a statement issued by the BCCI, Ganguly said, 'I congratulate Harbhajan Singh for a wonderful career. He has faced many challenges in his life, but Bhajji is not one to give up. He stood up every time by overcoming many obstacles and departing behind many reversals. He will always be the pillar of the Indian cricket team and he has always been an inspiration to him and other players. His power was his courage. He was always passionate and his immense faith meant that he never shied away from the challenge. What inspired me the most about him was his hunger to perform.
At the same time, Rahul Dravid said, 'Harbhajan's career had many ups and downs but he always went ahead fighting them. A great contender and a great team man. Be the kind of player you want on the field with. He is one of the great performers for India. Apart from this, Dravid referred to Harbhajan's career performance in 2001 when the spinner took 32 wickets in only three Test matches against Australia.
Dravid said that Harbhajan won many matches for India along with Anil Kumble. Team India's head coach said, 'He became a great partner of Kumble. Both brought many big victories. It is a pleasure and ownership to play with them. The highlight of Bhajji's career was 32 wickets. It was memorable to see him come back after being dropped from the team. The way he attacked in Kumble's scarcity was amazing.
Virat Kohli thanked Harbhajan Singh for guiding him and wished him all the best for his future. Kohli said, "I will always keep in mind the matches we played for India. When I came into the team, you guided me. I will also remember that you supported me a lot and we are good friends off the field as well. Take care of yourself. Keep it
Kohli recalled Harbhajan's feat of taking 711 international wickets upon his retirement. Harbhajan is the second-highest wicket-taker for India in international cricket after Anil Kumble. In a video shared by BCCI on Twitter, Kohli said, "Congratulations Bhajju pa on a wonderful career. Taking 711 international wickets is no small accomplishment. You can be proud of this great achievement of yours. It is a privilege to play for the country but it is something else to play for so long. When I came to the Indian team, you supported me completely. We have a good friendship off the field. Wishing you all the best for starting a new inning in life.
Ganguly recalled Harbhajan's performance on the tour of Australia in 2001, saying, 'What I saw was his first Test series against Australia in 2001, in which one bowler single-handedly won the series. He was the captain's favorite. As a bowler, he did not like to have fielders in the deep. Bhajji has been an absolute match-winner. He should be proud of what he has achieved.
BCCI has shared a video on its Twitter account, in which coach Rahul Dravid and captain Virat Kohli are giving emotional messages for Harbhajan Singh. BCCI shared the video and wrote, "A legend and one of the best players! Congratulations Harbhajan Singh on behalf of Team India for a wonderful career."