Wishes poured in for India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh as he turned 40 on Friday but none better and more hilarious than former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh’s. Yuvraj, who is one of Harbhajan’s closest friends ever since the duo started sharing the dressing room together for India in 2000, pulled the off-spinner’s leg by asking whether his actually 40 or 47.
Former all-rounder Yuvraj Singh took to Twitter and wrote, “Is it your happy 40 or 47 Here’s a glimpse of the wonderful years spent together pulling each other’s leg, sometimes pants too U have always proved to the world Singh u will always be King After quarantine party to leni hai 100% love u paaji @harbhajan_singh.”
Suresh Raina termed Harbhajan as “one of the greatest match-winners” as he wished the latter on his birthday.
“Happy Birthday @harbhajan_singh! One of the greatest match-winners & an amazing human being. Memories made with you are unforgettable & heartwarming Thank you for always being there for me, and everything you have given to cricket. Keep inspiring the young generation!” Raina tweeted.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) highlighted Harbhajan’s achievement while wishing the cricketer on his birthday anniversary.
“Second-most wickets by an India spinner in Tests – 417. Second-most wickets by an India spinner in ODIs – 265. First India player to take a Test hat-trick. A @cricketworldcup winner Happy 40th birthday to Harbhajan Singh!” ICC tweeted.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also extended wishes to Harbhajan as it wrote, “Here’s wishing ‘The Turbanator’ @harbhajan_singh a very happy birthday #TeamIndia.”
“Bhajji ‘turns’ 40! One of India’s greatest match-winners. Two-time WC winner & picked 711 wickets for India. First saw him in U-16 game in Panaji in 1996 & he looked special. Aggressive on the field but yaaron ka yaar. Janamdin ki dher saari shubhkaamnaaein, @harbhajan_singh,” Mohammad Kaif tweeted.
“@harbhajan3 pajhi janamdin diyaan lakh lakh vadhayiaan Let’s grab a bat and ball and celebrate together once this is all over,” Shikhar Dhawan captioned a picture on Instagram.
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Harbhajan, who made his international debut in March 1998, represented India in 103 Tests, 236 ODIs, and 28 T20Is, picking up 417, 269 and 25 wickets respectively.
He was also a member of India’s two World Cup winning squads – 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 ODI World Cup.
(With ANI inputs)
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