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Facts about The Turbanator "Harbhajan Singh".

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Harbhajan Singh is an Indian international cricketer and former captain of IPL team Mumbai Indians and Punjab state for the 2012–13 Ranji Trophy season. A specialist spin bowler, he has the second-highest number of Test wickets by an off spinner, behind Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan.

He was just 18 years-old when he started his International career, He played his first Test match against Australia where he scored 4 not out and a duck, and recorded the modest match figures of 2/136 as Australia won the match by eight wickets.

He is the first Indian to take a hat-trick in Test cricket in 2001.

He was banned twice in his career, In 2008, he was banned by the ICC and was charged for racial insult towards Andrew Symonds. 

In 2008, he was banned from the first IPL after slapping Sreesanth.

In 2003 he was awarded Arjuna Award and in 2009 he was conferred the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour.

He became the first no. 8 batsman to score back-to-back Test centuries.

On 29 october 2015, Harbhajan Singh got married to bollywood actress Geeta Basra in Jalandar, Punjab.

posted Jul 10, 2017 by Rajesh Jk

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At the 1958 Cardiff Commonwealth Games, he won a gold medal in 400m with a clocking time of 46.16 sec. It was here that Milkha became the first to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games from Independent India.

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