Former off spin bowling Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh along with his wife Geeta Basra has tested positive. In his Twitter handle, the cricketer was seen updating about his health and sharing the news. The player requested all the people who came in contact with him to get tested at the earliest.
I've tested positive for COVID with mild symptoms. I have quarantined myself at home and taking all the necessary precautions.
I would request those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested at the earliest. Please be safe and take care ??
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 21, 2022
Even Harbhajan’s wife Geeta Basra has confirmed his COVID-19 positive and shared his story using Instagram saying that the virus caught us after being careful for 2 years.
The cricketer, who entertained Indian fans and players across the globe, played for two decades and retired from international cricket last year in 2021. Harbhajan has achieved the tag of being the fourth highest wicket-taker for Indian Test cricket. The successful player has been a part of the World Cup, the first being the 2007 T20 World Cup and the second being in the 2011 World Cup.
There was speculation of his return to international cricket and more was highlighted during the Gavaskar Border match where Harbhajan took 32 wickets and was instrumental in winning the series 2-1.
In 1995, Harbhajan made his debut match debut against Haryana which was Under-16. His impressive performances at various age levels led him to make his first-class debut in the Ranji Trophy. In 1997, it was the first time that he had booked his ticket in the Indian team for the 1998 ICC Under-19 World Cup. His stellar performance in the then Under-19 team, he took six wickets in six matches.
International Career – ODI
Harbhajan had a mixed career and the first major breakthrough for the player was his participation in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, where the Indian team failed to win the trophy by reaching the semi-finals. He took 11 wickets in ten matches at 30.45 at an economy rate of 3.92.
In his One Day International career, Harbhajan Singh was the epicenter of the major controversy played against Australia in 2007–08, which later came to be known as the ‘Monkeygate’ scandal. A complaint was being made to the on field umpire at that time by the Australian captain Ricky Ponting that Harbhajan seem to be calling the Andrew Symonds (Australian all-rounder) a “monkey”.
The whole event sparked into a major controversy. The Indian cricket management was not very happy with the decision as it was concluded that Harbhajan didn’t use any racial slurs and was misunderstood by the Australian team with a Hindi phrase. The allegation of racism against Harbhajan was ultimately waved off because they could not find sufficient evidence to prove Harbhajan being guilty of any racial abuse. Justice John Hansen was the one who took this decision in favor of the Indian side and instead he was charged with a crime of level 2.8, which stood for slurs and insults that did not amount to racism. Harbhajan accepted the charge and was fined 50 per cent of his match fee.
Harbhajan Singh was picked by Mumbai Indians in the inaugural season of IPL and remained with the franchise till 2017. Playing a key role in Mumbai’s first title win in 2013, the player took 24 wickets. He also played for Kings 11 Punjab in 2015 and scored 64 runs in 24 balls. After 10 years with the franchise, he was let go and CSK immediately drafted him for Chepauk’s turning track
The overall career for the player was successful and still is considered one of the best spinners in the Indian cricket.