New Delhi: Veteran non-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who became the first Indian bowler to win a test hat trick in a memorable international career, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday, saying he is finally communicating this that’s been on his mind for the past few years.
The 41-year-old from Punjab won 417 wickets in 103 tests, 269 wickets in 236 ODI and 25 scalps in 28 T20I during his illustrious career, which began in 1998.
“All good things come to an end and today as I say goodbye to the game that gave me everything in my life, I want to thank everyone who made this 23 year old trip beautiful and memorable,” said he tweeted.
“From the narrow lanes of Jalandhar to becoming the turbanator of Team India, it has been a beautiful journey of the past 25 years,” he said.
Harbhajan, who made his India debut in an ODI against New Zealand in Sharjah in 1998, last played for the country in March 2016 in a T20I against the United Arab Emirates in Dhaka.
He said he was hopeful of retiring in the colors of India, but that could not come to pass.
“Like all cricketers, I too wanted to say goodbye in an Indian jersey, but fate had something else in store for me,” he said in a youtube video posted alongside his tweet.
“… there comes a time when you have to make some tough decisions and get on with your life. Mentally, I had retired a long time ago but I couldn’t announce it. I have not been active in cricket, ”he added.