Well, just a few days back, senior cricketer of the Mumbai Indians, Harbhajan Singh, had made two records while playing against Kings XI Punjab. He became the first batsman in the IPL to score fastest 50 in just 19 balls while playing at number 8 position. Also, he became the third highest run getter by scoring a total of 64 runs of 24 balls as the eighth batsman in the same match.
Yesterday, while playing against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Harbhajan Singh has created a rather amazing record when he took his 100th IPL wicket in his 100th IPL game. This happens to be rare opportunity that a bowler has achieved this feat of grabbing 100th wicket in IPL during his 100th game.
The best part remains that while doing so, off spinner Harbhajan Singh threaded his magic and played a key role in keeping Royal Challengers Bangalore 18 runs short of Mumbai Indians’ 209 for 7 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday night. Among the very important wickets taken by Harbhajan happen to be Manvinder Bisla, Chris Gayle and Rilee Rossouw.
The winner of the Man of the match reward for his impressive figures of 3 for 27, a happy Harbhajan said, “It’s something which I am happy about [on playing his 100th IPL game]. Really happy to be playing for Mumbai Indians. I didn’t know that [when told that he had also picked up his 100th IPL wicket]. It is good to be doing something for the team”.
In fact, the Royal Challengers Bangalore were struggling at 63 for 3 in the 11th over had a lot to do with Harbhajan’s brilliant spell.
The delighted spinner described, “In the first six overs, we were on target and didn’t want Gayle to get going. They had some serious players, ABD [AB de Villiers] is batting in a different league, but the start was important. I am glad that we picked up early wickets. Hopefully we can continue to do that”.
He is now third in the list of highest IPL wicket takers behind Malinga and Amit Mishra.
No doubt this particular personal achievement of Harbhajan Singh will boost his morale and he will repeat such impressive and result oriented performance for his team in the days to come.
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