Blessed to get my hat-trick for India in Kolkata: Harbhajan Singh on his divine connect with Eden Gardens
One of the most iconic stadiums in the world, the Eden Gardens has witnessed some of the most historical performances in international cricket and the Indian Premier League.
Home to the Kolkata Knight Riders, the ground holds a very special place in the remarkable career of Harbhajan Singh. Even before he donned the Purple and Gold, he weaved magic in his Indian jersey and enthralled millions of fans for years at this venue.
"I believe there is some higher power that watches over me when I play any match at Eden Gardens. Only a select few have been showered with the blessings of doing so well in the city of Kolkata, and I’m one of its favourite sons. I’m really glad I got my hat-trick for India at Eden Gardens," he said.
The hat-trick included the vital wickets of Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne, which enabled the Indian team to dismiss the opposition for 445 runs in the first innings. Out of those 10 wickets, Harbhajan accounted for seven, giving away 123 runs.
6/73 vs Australia in 2001
The second Test between arch-rivals India and Australia will go down as one of the most memorable games in the history of cricket. While Harbhajan Singh's hat-trick headlined the first innings, the batting show of the Indian side witnessed one of the greatest comebacks.
After being pressed for a follow-on, VVS Laxman (281) and Rahul Dravid (180) battled injuries and illness to help India post a mammoth 657 runs (declared).
With 384 runs to chase in the final innings, the Australian outfit was bamboozled with another magical spell of spin bowling by Harbhajan Singh. He picked up six wickets of 73 runs to guide the team to a 171-run win.
The match proved to be a turning point in his career, and this win enabled the side to draw level in the all-important series.