India’s off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was the part of India’s two greatest victories, Kolkata Test in 2001 and World Cup 2011. In both the events, he played a significant role with his remarkable bowling. In the recent interaction, Harbhajan has ranked these two victories, which he labelled as the two memorable achievements of his career.
In 2001, at Eden Gardens, the Test match was in favour of Australians, but Harbhajan’s masterstroke changed the fortune for India. He registered a hat-trick in the first innings which included the wickets of Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne. In the second innings, he picked up six wickets and dismantled the batting line up of the visitors. In total, he notched up 13 wickets in that most memorable Test win for India.
While speaking to former India opener and cricket commentator Aakash Chopra, Harbhajan Singh said that he would rate the Kolkata Test win at the top among his list of favourite victories. But he, further, added that winning the World Cup 2011 was also special to him as it was his childhood dream. So, he will keep the World Cup win at par with the 2001 series win.
“As a player, I will rate 2001 series against Australia at the top spot as it made me the player I am today, if I look at my childhood dream, I always wanted to win the World Cup and it came true in 2011 so I will keep it at par with the 2001 series,” Harbhajan said on the official YouTube channel of Aakash Chopra.
Harbhajan was also the part of the T20 World Cup 2007 triumph under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. He said that victory in the 2007 WT20 is another achievement that is special to him.
“Winning the T20 World Cup in 2007 was unbelievable, when we landed back in India, we got a huge amount of support, I have never seen anything like that before, I would not be able to rate these three moments as all are very special to me,” he added.
The veteran last played for India in 2016. Currently, he plays in Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings.