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The Rise And Fall Of Harbhajan

- By a Statsman

The international career of India's premier off-spinner has been one of extremes, with extraordinary highs interspersed with demoralizing lows. He has hit the headlines with his bowling exploits on the field, and regrettably for him and his admirers, also made news for courting controversy off it. His bowling action has come under the scanner, and his commitment often been questioned. But his talent has never been doubted, and it remains to be seen how quickly he emerges from the lean trot he is currently combating, and regains top form to torment his opponents.


The following table lists Harbhajan Singh's highs and lows:


Highs Lows

Is particularly fond of world champions Australia. Has taken 56 wickets against them from just eight Tests.

Reached the pinnacle of success by claiming 32 victims in just three Tests versus the Aussies in the 2000-01 series. None of his teammates could manage more than three scalps in the entire series.

Was the first Indian bowler to perform the 'hattrick' in a Test match, against Australia at Kolkata in 2000-01.

Bagged the Man of the Series award for his 32 wickets in the 2000-01 series.

Pocketed the Man of the Match award for his fifteen wickets (7-133 and 8-84) vs Australia at Chennai in the 2000-01 series.

Recently returned the best ODI bowling analysis against Sri Lanka with magnificent control over line and length, through which he conceded only 3.62 runs per over.

Poised to become the second-highest wicket-taker in Tests among Indian spinners, after Anil Kumble.

Was reprimanded by the ICC Referee for showing dissent against Ricky Ponting in Sharjah in 1997-98.

Slipped to an all-time low in the last few Tests - two vs Pakistan and one vs England - by taking only two wickets in 870 balls, at a monumental cost of 527 runs!

The legality of his bowling action was doubted after his phenomenal series against Australia in 2000-01.

His " doosra " was discussed and questioned on numerous occasions. Got a respite only when the ICC scrutinized his action and changed the rules to allow the bowling arm to bend at an angle of 15 degrees.

Finger injuries continue to bother him. He was forced to miss several important international matches in the past couple of seasons.

Was recently warned by the BCCI for his outburst against coach Greg Chappell in the wake of the infamous Chappell-Ganguly episode.

Will have problems maintaining his spot in the main XI if he continues to bowl poorly.


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