A fairytale comeback
He was expelled from the NCA on disciplinary grounds right at the beginning of his international career. He lost his father few months into an unsuccessful debut that forced him out of the team. He contemplated giving up cricket to support family after spending over a year in exile post his maiden international series.
But his fairytale comeback against the touring Aussies, much thanks to the then Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, made him the country’s leading wicket-taking spinner after Anil Kumble. We take a look at Harbhajan’s career defining series, the 2001 Border Gavaskar Trophy