Harbhajan Singh looks to earn a name for himself in land of 'Turbanator' fame, 100-Test old
Parthasarthy, 60, brought his grandson to the ground as he wanted his old friend Harbhajan Singh to meet the tiny cricket crazy boy. Hands shaken, picture taken, autograph signed, the spinner headed for the training area. That’s when the curator chipped in. “This pitch is like that game. Bowl like the champion that you are,” he said.
For the two, and many across India, that game happens to be final Test of the famous 2001 India-Australia series where Harbhajan Singh took 15 wickets to get an intimidatingly new middle name. Twelve years later, against the same opposition and at the same venue that has witnessed his greatest high, Harbhajan ‘Turbanator’ Singh will be playing his 100th Test.
“I don’t know if I have a special connection with Australia, but it’s nice to see your name alongside with the greats like the Tendulkars, Sunny Gavaskars, and all the greats who have played for India in 100 Test matches,” he said.
Despite this significant milestone and a body of work that has more than 400 Test wickets, Harbhajan Singh somehow failed to hold on to the Turbanator aura that he earned early in his career.
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