Harbhajan Singh announced the end of his great career on Friday, with 711 international wickets to his credit. The off-spinner won two World Cups throughout his 23-year career: the first ICC World T20 in 2007 and the ODI World Cup in 2011. In 103 Tests, he took 417 wickets, 269 wickets in 236 ODIs, and 25 wickets in 28 T20Is.

Harbhajan played his final game for India in a T20I in 2016, however, he proceeded to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL), representing Kolkata Knight Riders in the most recent edition. After Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev, and R Ashwin, the 41-year-old Punjab cricketer completed his career as India’s fourth-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket.

With the right backing, the ‘Turbanator’ feels he could have finished his journey with “500-550 wickets.” After the 2011 World Cup, Harbhajan Singh was no longer a regular member of the Indian team, with R Ashwin taking over as the team’s spinner. Harbhajan started his unceremonious retirement from the side left him with a lot of unresolved concerns.

“When someone gets over 400 wickets and then isn’t given an opportunity or isn’t told why he was dropped, it raises a lot of issues.” In an interview with Dainik Jagran, Harbhajan remarked, “I asked several people about my departure from the squad, but I didn’t get any response.”

“It’s always good to have that kind of support.” Because I was 31 when I achieved the 400-wicket mark, I believe I would have retired much sooner if I had received the correct backing at the right time. I may have hit 500 wickets if I had played for another 3-4 years, but that didn’t happen,” he added.

Harbhajan said his sudden dismissal, despite 400 wickets, encapsulates the “sad story of Indian cricket.” Despite the events, the tweaker stated that he holds no resentment against the board because BCCI assisted him in achieving this position.

“I inquired if I had suddenly lost my appearance or if my bowling had deteriorated, and if so, what had happened to make you choose me above others. This elicited no response. No one will question the 40 wicket-taker if this can happen to the 400 wicket-taker. This is a tragic scenario in Indian cricket when someone who has accomplished something is not even properly acknowledged once he is no longer required.”

Harbhajan also praised Sourav Ganguly, pinning his hopes on the current BCCI president to resolve Virat Kohli’s captaincy dispute with the board. Under Ganguly’s captaincy, Harbhajan had some of his best performances, including a Test hat-trick against Australia.

“Ganguly is someone I know who is incredibly clean. He is a trustworthy individual. He is a person who believes in bringing people together. He deserves credit for changing the face of Indian cricket “Harbhajan stated.