Happy Birthday Harbhajan Singh, let’s take a look at five lesser known facts about him

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Former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh was born on 3 July 1980 and turned 42 on Sunday.

To celebrate this auspicious day, here are some interesting and lesser known facts about Harbhajan Singh:

  • The story behind the name ‘Bhajji’ –

Harbhajan’s fellow partner Nayan Mongia coined the nickname Bhajji as it was difficult for him to speak the full name. After this, Mongia wanted to encourage the off-spinner from behind the stumps and came up with the name.

His name became extremely popular and in the year 2009,
Harbhajan sold the licensing rights in his name and patented the name ‘Bhajji’. Apart from this, he also owns a company of that name.

  • Initially trained to be a batsman:

Turbanator Harbhajan took 417 wickets in 103 Tests, 269 wickets in 236 ODIs and 235 wickets in 268 T20Is, including 25 wickets in 28 T20Is. Interestingly, he was initially trained to be a batsman by his coach Charanjit Singh. However, after the death of his coach, when his new coach Davinder Arora instructed him to do so, he turned to spin-bowling.

  • Job Offers in Punjab Police:

In the year 2002, Bhajji was offered the post of DSP in Punjab Police. The post was offered by Parkash Singh Badal who was then the Chief Minister of the state. This came after taking 32 wickets in three Tests, including a hat-trick against Australia in 2001. However, he declined the offer due to his commitment to the sport.

  • Harbhajan Singh more movies:

Harbhajan Singh has played a special role in four films so far.
The movies are as follows-

  1. Mujhse Shaadi Karoge (Hindi movie) in 2004
  2. Bhaji in Problem 2013 (Punjabi film)
  3. Second Hand Husband (Hindi Movie) in 2015
  4. Friendship (Tamil Film) 2021
  • What is his lucky number?

Harbhajan considers number 3 very lucky for himself as it is his date of birth. He chose it as his jersey number in the Indian team IPL Team Mumbai Indians, and also in Punjab cricket team.