Indian cricket team off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. Announcing his retirement on social networking site Twitter, Harbhajan Singh said that:
“Today all good things are coming to an end, and today when I am saying goodbye to the game that gave me everything in life.”
“Like every [Indian] cricketer, even I wished to bid goodbye in an India jersey, but fate had something else in store for me. Irrespective of the side I represented, I have always given my 100% commitment to ensure my team finishes on top – whether it was India, Punjab, Mumbai Indians, CSK [Chennai Super Kings], KKR or the county teams of Surrey and Essex.”
Harbhajan Singh retirement from Cricket
Harbhajan Singh, who made his debut in 1998, represented India in 103 Test cricket, 236 ODIs, and 28 T20 Internationals. He was part of the squad that won the T20 Trophy by defeating Pakistan in 2007 and the ODI World Cup in 2011.
“I would like to thank everyone who made this 23-year long journey beautiful and memorable,” he added.
“In many ways, I had already retired as a cricketer, but hadn’t been able to make a formal announcement”
“There comes a time in your life when you must make some tough decisions and move ahead. I have been meaning to make this announcement for the last few years, but I was waiting for the right moment to share it with all of you: today, I am retiring from all formats of cricket,” he added.
“I haven’t been an active cricketer for a while. But I had a commitment to Kolkata Knight Riders, and wanted to spend the (2021) IPL season with them. But during the season itself, I had made up my mind to retire.”
“I have no idea about the future, but whatever I am today is because of cricket. I will be immensely happy if I can be of help to Indian cricket in any role in the future”
It may be recalled that Yuvraj Singh, who set a world record of hitting six sixes in an over in the T20 World Cup two months ago, had announced his return to international cricket after retirement