Harbhajan Singh, widely considered as one of the best spinners the sport has ever produced, announced his retirement on Friday. The 41-year-old off-spinner had a stellar international career, taking 417 wickets in 103 Tests, 269 wickets in 236 One-Day Internationals, and 25 scalps in 28 Twenty-20 Internationals.
Harbhajan was also a part of the MS Dhoni-led team that won the ICC World T20 in 2007 and the ODI World Cup in 2011, adding two significant trophies to Indian cricket's trophy cabinet. However, Harbhajan's best performance came in the 2001 Test series against Australia at home, when he played under Sourav Ganguly. He took 32 wickets in the three-match series, becoming the first Indian bowler to take a Test hat-trick after dismissing Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, and Shane Warne in quick succession.
After calling it a day, Harbhajan revealed his experience playing under Ganguly and Dhoni's guidance. Ganguly allegedly held him when he was 'No One,' according to the tweaker. Harbhajan had already established himself as 'Someone' when Dhoni entered the picture.
"For me, the solution is straightforward. Sourav Ganguly took me under his wing when I was a 'No One' in my profession. But I was a "Someone" when Dhoni took over as captain. As a result, you must be aware of the significant distinction. Dada knew I had abilities, but he wasn't sure if I'd be able to deliver. In Dhoni's case, he was well aware that I had been there and done that. He was well aware that I had won matches before him and that I would win a couple for him as well "Harbhajan informed the media.
Harbhajan Singh, who last played for India in a T20 against the UAE in March 2016, capped off an illustrious international career with innumerable memories. He lavished admiration on Ganguly, describing how the captain was instrumental in Harbhajan's development.
"You need that one person in life and in business who will guide you at the right time, and Sourav was that guy for me. Who knows, if Sourav hadn't battled for me and gotten me into the team, you might not be reading this interview now. Sourav is the leader who shaped me into the person I am today.
But sure, Dhoni was an excellent captain who continued on Sourav's heritage, and together with Dhoni, we fought some tremendous battles that I will always remember "He went on to say that