Harbhajan Singh(born 3 July 1980) is an Indian cricket player and cricket commentator who has played all forms of cricket in India. A professional spinner, he has the second-highest number of Test wickets with an off-spinner, behind Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka. It is a misconception that Harbhajan’s surname is Plaha.
Singh was the captain of the IPL team Mumbai Indians and Punjab during the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy season. Under his captaincy, the Mumbai Indians won the 2011 Champions League Twenty20 
Singh made his first Test matches with One Day International (ODI) in early 1998. His work was initially affected by an investigation into the legality of his footballing practice, as well as several disciplinary incidents. However, in 2001, with the injury of leading bowler Anil Kumble, Harbhajan’s career was revived after India captain Sourav Ganguly asked to be included in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy squad. In that series of victories over Australia, Harbhajan proved to be the team’s leading spinner by taking 32 wickets, becoming the first Indian batsman to hit a hat-trick in Test cricket. After playing cricket in 2001, he was given, by the Government of Punjab, the role of Deputy Superintendent of Police, Punjab Police, but due to his disobedience to Harbhajan Singh, the same was later revoked.
The ban was lifted on appeal, but in April, he was banned from the 2008 Indian Premier League and suspended from the ODI team by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for beating Sreesantth after the game. He appeared in the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s Indian promotion, Ring Ka King. He was part of the team that won the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
Singh was honored with the Padma Shri, the fourth Indian Award, in 2009.
In addition to the high numbers of other bowlers in domestic cricket, Harbhajan was selected in the Indian Board President’s XI to play with the visiting Australian cricket team before the Tests. He only knew 1/127, and was not missed in the first two Tests before being selected to do his first Test in the Third Test against Australia in Bangalore, where he got 4 undefeated and a duck, and recorded a small play. 2/136 figures as Australia won the match by eight wickets.He was subsequently neglected in the ODI Triangle tournament in India which followed Tests, which included Zimbabwe over Australia, but was selected for all the group stage matches in the subsequent Triangle tournament in Sharjah, where he began playing ODI against New Zealand. He took 1/32 in the top ten overs as India narrowly won by 15 runs. He then took 3/41 in the next game, losing to Australia, but struggled in the second qualifying match against the same team, taking 1/63 in eight overs. He was then eliminated from the final against Australia, with India winning, finishing the series with five wickets in 33.20 with an economic value of 4.36.
Harbhajan’s Playing Style
Harbhajan is an attacking bowler who is regarded as controlling the ball with the ability to change his height and speed, although he is often criticized for his flat style. His huge wicket-taking ball rides badly on a batsman from a height, forcing him to change his stroke at the last minute. In the case of a whippy bowling match, he was reported to have been thrown in November 1998. Although forced to travel to England for testing, his action was canceled by former England player Fred Titmus.
He has improved his ability to throw a doosra, which was the subject of an official report by match referees. The ICC dismissed his action in May 2005, stating that the direction of his elbow fell below the allowed limits.
Of the spinners, Harbhajan is the second-highest scorer in Test history, following Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka. He is the third-highest wicket-taker in India. Harbhajan’s rate on the ball in home Test matches goes up in the mid-20s. All five of his game awards and his two series awards have been received in India. Outside of India, his throwing rate rises to about 40. Statistically, his throw-in Test matches is most effective when he faces the West Indies and Australia. Since May 2008, his most productive hunting grounds have been Eden Gardens in Calcutta, where he has received 38 sticks in 23.10 in six Tests, and Chepauk of Chennai, where he has won two players of the match awards, received 34. wickets at 24.25 in five Tests. Harbhajan has received his wickets for the lowest price at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, where he took 22 wickets at 19.45. Compared with Muralitharan, Harbhajan does not rely on the poles of his expulsion; he captures more than 60% of his wickets by grabbing and less than 25% by swinging or tapping the leg of the batsmen before the wicket, while the corresponding figures for Muralitharan are in their 40s. Harbhajan has been particularly successful when he faces Australian batsman Ricky Ponting, taking his wicket ten times in Test cricket.
In a 2001 interview, Harbhajan expressed his desire to become a broadcaster. Although he has recorded a few half-centuries at Test level, his beat rate reaches 15 in Tests and ODIs. During the four years since 2003, however, it has shown improved performance, an average of about 20 per bat. His style is often described as unusual, and experts agree with his self-examination that his beating success is linked to his eye contact, rather than his footwork or technique.
A career in films
Harbhajan has been selected to play a key role after making a name for himself in the Tamil Nadu province since playing for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League. He often interacted with Tamil viewers while playing for CSK and was apparently given the role of portraying a Punjab college student in a film.  It is also the first time that a top Indian cricketer has been set to play a leading role in an Indian film.Sri Lankan journalist Losliya Mariyanesan who became famous after participating in the reality television show Bigg Boss Tamil 3 broadcast on Star Vijay was signed as the lead woman in opposition to Singh.  In February 2020, Arjun Sarja signed up to star in the film and Satish was selected to play a supporting role for Singh’s character friend.
|Real Name||Harbhajan Singh|
|Date of Birth||July 03, 1980|
|Birth Place||Jalandhar (Punjab)|
|Height||5 feet 11 inches|
|Family||Father: Sardar Sardev Singh Plaha|
Mother: Avtar kaur
Brother: Not Known
Sister: Not Known
|Wife||Geeta Basra (Married in 2015)|
Daughter : Hinaya Heer Plaha
|School||Jai Hind model School, Govt Model Senior Secondary School,Jalandhar|
|Role||Being a specialist spin bowler|
|Debut||ODI- 17 April 1998 against New Zealand in Sharjah|
Test- 25 March 1998 against Australia at Bengaluru
T20 – 1 December 2006 against South Africa in Johannesburg