Harbhajan joins 400 club

July 8, 2011

by Venky84

Harbhajan Singh yesterday became only the 11th player in history to take 400 Test match wickets.

Harbhajan brought up this milestone in his 96th Test match, when he bowled Carlton Baugh the West Indian wicket-keeper, on the second day of the third and final Test. The Indian off-spinner punched the air with both hands as his team-mates surrounded him to mark the occasion.

There are now three Indians who have reached this feat with Anil Kumble (619), and Kapil Dev (434) the other two. Harbhajan becomes only the fourth spinner in history to reach this landmark.

Harbhajan made his debut in Test cricket in 1998 against Australia, and has been a key part of India’s success since then. His career has also had controversy along the way, including accusations of racism against Australian Andrew Symonds in a Test match in Sydney.

His most memorable series came in 2001 when the all-conquering Australia visited India for a three-match Test series under Steve Waugh’s leadership. India won the series 2-1 largely thanks to the brilliance of Harbhajan. He took 32 wickets, including the first ever hat-trick by an Indian.

The 400 club list:

800 – Muttiah Muralitharan
708 – Shane Warne
619 – Anil Kumble
563 – Glenn McGrath
519 – Courtney Walsh
434 – Kapil Dev
431 – Sir Richard Hadlee
421 – Shaun Pollock
414 – Wasim Akram
405 – Curtly Ambrose
400- Harbhjan Singh

Chris Murtagh 08/07/11

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