Going into the one-off test against Bangladesh, India had many expectations – a win most importantly. While the rain-hit five-day clash ended in a draw with most of the Team Blue players performing as expected, one person broke a record.
Harbhajan Singh at 34 became the 9th highest wicket takers in test ahead of Wasim Akram of Pakistan.
Regarded as the “Turbanator” due to his turban, Harbhajan Singh sent home Imrul Kayes at 72 to become the former’s 415th test wicket in 102 matches. Wasim Akram held the position with 414 wickets in 104 matches.
Bhaji (as Harbhajan Singh is known to his fans) took the final figures to 416 wickets as the India drew the match with Bangladesh.
The feat is not finished though as Bhaji is only 20 wickets shy of toppling Indian cricket legend, Kapil Dev’s record of 434 Test wickets to become the second highest Test wicket takers of India. The list is topped by Anil Kumble with 619 wickets.
The off-spinner might need to buckle up if he doesn’t want to fall from the all-time list as James Anderson of England and Dale Steyn of South Africa has the potentiality to close up the gap with 403 and 396 wickets to their names, respectively.
Bhaji who started his career, dating back to 1998 was conferred the Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian honour in 2009. The previous year he faced a ban by Indian Premier League (IPL) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for slapping fellow teammate Sreesanth after an IPL match.
Harbhajan Singh has successfully made his mark in the cricket world all the while staying under Kumble’s shadow.
Although he is the all-time list, catching up Kumble who is the third highest Test wicket takers in the all-time list is very difficult and highly impossible.