One of the most successful off-spinners of all-time, Harbhajan Singh celebrates his 40th birthday on July 3. In an illustrious 22-year-long celebrated career, Harbhajan has been a part of two World Cup-winning teams. The offie played a crucial role in the 2007 T20 World Cup triumph and 2011 ODI World Cup victory under the leadership of MS Dhoni.
Harbhajan is India’s third-leading wicket-taker in Test cricket. He has 417 wickets to his name in 103 matches, and is only behind Anil Kumble (619) and Kapil Dev (434). Bhajji is also the first Indian to pick a Test hat-trick. He achieved the feat against Australia at the Eden Gardens in 2001.
When it comes to white-ball cricket, Harbhajan has impressive figures there as well. The Turbanator has taken 269 ODI wickets in 236 matches and 25 T20I wickets in 28 games. As he turns 40 on Friday, wishes have been pouring in for the legendary spinner.
Indian captain Virat Kohli wrote a lovely message for his senior teammate on Twitter. He said: “Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Bhajju Paa @harbhajan_singh. May God bless you with good health and happiness. Have a great year ahead.”
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Bhajju Paa @harbhajan_singh. May God bless you with good health and happiness. Have a great year ahead. 😊🎂
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 3, 2020
Harbhajan’s oldest and dearest friend, Yuvraj Singh posted a heartwarming video featuring glimpses of the time and golden memories the duo has experienced on and off the field. Yuvi also asked his friend that once quarantine gets over, he wants a beer party.
“Is it your happy 40 or 47 Zany face Here’s a glimpse of the wonderful years spent together pulling each other’s leg, sometimes pants too Rolling on the floor laughing U have always proved to the world Singh u will always be King Crown After quarantine party to leni hai 100% Clinking beer mugs love u paaji Red heartHugging face. @harbhajan_singh,” tweeted Yuvraj.
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 pic.twitter.com/hKSP4u8WTJ
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 3, 2020
Harbhajan’s former teammate Mohammad Kaif recalled the days when he first noticed the Punjabi spin bowler. Kaif termed the Jalandhar-born as one of India’s greatest match-winners.
“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,” Kaif wrote on Twitter.
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 pic.twitter.com/huLe0dpcCa
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 3, 2020
Here are some other tweets:
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! 🏏🎂🎂🥰 pic.twitter.com/mK24obq6Os
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 3, 2020
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) July 3, 2020
@harbhajan_singh Happy birthday Bhajjipa. First Indian to take a hat-trick in Tests
– Took 32 wickets in 3 Tests v Australia in 2001
Part of WT20 2007 & WC 2011 winning teams
Won 4 IPL titles ..the most loving personality around..great inspiration ✌🏻
Still going strong at 40! pic.twitter.com/KKH7vI1Jid
— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) July 3, 2020
Wishing @harbhajan_singh a very very Happy Birthday. May you experience joy and continue to share it with people around you. Have a great day and a fabulous year ahead. #HBDHarbhajanSingh pic.twitter.com/AY5TBMc8fA
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 3, 2020
ਜਨਮਦਿਨ ਦੀ ਵਧਾਈਆਂ ਭਜੀ।
ਤੇਰੇ ਤੋਂ 40ਵੇਂ ਜਨਮਦਿਨ ਦੀ 40 ਪਾਰਟੀਆਂ ਲਵਾਂਗਾ।
ਖੁਸ਼ ਰੇ ਹਮੇਸ਼ਾ।
Have a good one my friend! pic.twitter.com/ulKtFsPZfy
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 3, 2020
Wishing @harbhajan_singh paaji a very happy birthday. May god bless you with great health and happiness. 😊
— Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) July 3, 2020
Jiski off spin ke aage bade bade lachaar, team India ka sabse damdaar sardar!
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) July 3, 2020
Always reliable as a match winner team mate, very affectionate as an elder brother, happy birthday 🎂 to one and only Singh is King! Fittingly, @harbhajan_singh #HappyBirthdayHarbhajanSingh shares the day with #HappyBirthdayTomCruise 😄 pic.twitter.com/zF3qH6NSmd
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) July 3, 2020
Many happy returns of the day bhajju pa. Hope you have a great year ahead. From meeting you at NCA as a young boy to being your bowling partner in test matches for our country…wonderful memories! @harbhajan_singh pic.twitter.com/GTbSFENZG6
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) July 3, 2020
A very happy birthday to one of the greatest spinners of all time and a legend indeed! Have a great one Bhajji Paji @harbhajan_singh
— Bhuvneshwar Kumar (@BhuviOfficial) July 3, 2020
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) July 3, 2020