Harbhajan Singh (born 1980) is an Indian cricketer. A specialist
bowler, he has the second-highest number of Test wickets by an off
spinner behind Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan. Harbhajan made his
Test and One Day International debuts in early 1998. His career was
initially beset by investigations into the legality of his bowling
action and disciplinary incidents that raised the ire of cricket
authorities. However in 2001, with leading leg spinner Anil Kumble
injured, Harbhajan's career was resuscitated after Indian captain
Sourav Ganguly called for his inclusion in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy
team. In that series victory over Australia, Harbhajan established
himself as the team's leading spinner by taking 32 wickets, becoming
the first Indian bowler to take a hat trick in Test cricket. Throughout
2006 and into early 2007, Harbhajan's accumulation of wickets fell and
his bowling average increased, and he was increasingly criticised for
bowling defensively with less loop. In early 2008, he was given a ban
by the International Cricket Council for racially vilifying Andrew
Symonds. The ban was revoked upon appeal, but in April, Harbhajan was
banned from the 2008 Indian Premier League and suspended from the ODI
team by the Board of Control for Cricket in India for slapping
Sreesanth after a match.
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Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
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Francisco, proclaiming himself Emperor Norton.
World War II: The Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east, sixteen
days after Nazi Germany's attack on that country from the west.
President Anwar Al Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of
Israel (pictured with U.S. President Jimmy Carter) signed the Camp
David Accords after twelve days of secret negotiations at Camp David.
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