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Feb 21, 2013 at 05:17pm IST

Harbhajan Singh v Australia: The Turbanator's best

Harbhajan Singh boasts an impressive record against Australia in Tests - 90 wickets at 29.35 - and it is poignant that he will play his 100th against them. It was against Australia in the epic series of 2001 that he shot to fame with 32 wickets in three Tests.

On the eve of the 32-year-old offspinner's 100th Test appearance, here's a look back at his career highlights against Australia.

2nd Test, Kolkata, 2001 - 13 for 196

Harbhajan Singh v Australia: The Turbanator's best

Harbhajan Singh will always be remembered for his 32 wickets in three Tests against Australia in the epic series of 2001. (Getty Images)

Recalled to the team after more than a year's absence, Harbhajan made a stunning return against Australia in the epic series of 2000-01, with 32 wickets in three Tests. During the second Test in Kolkata, he became the first Indian to take a Test hat-trick on his way to 13 wickets in the match. On day one, Harbhajan produced figures of 7 for 123 which included the wickets of Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne in three deliveries. Following that unforgettable partnership between VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid, a declaration with a lead of 383 had set Australia 75 overs to bat out a draw. Harbhajan had other ideas and took six wickets to bowl India to an epic win.

3rd Test, Chennai, 2001 - 15 for 207

In the decider in Chennai, Harbhajan bettered his Eden Gardens haul with 15 wickets as India won an epic series 2-1. He collected 7 for 133 in Australia's first innings to keep the tourists to a manageable total and in the second innings claimed the last six wickets for 15 runs in 17.1 overs to finish with a career-best 8 for 84. Set a target of 155, India slumped to 151 for 8 but Harbhajan was there to hit the winning runs. He was named joint Man of the Series.

1st Test, Bangalore, 2004 - 11 for 224

Against Australia in Bangalore in October 2004, Harbhajan was the pick of India's bowlers with 11 wickets in a Test they lost by 217 runs to give the visitors a series lead. He took 5 for 146 in Australia's first innings of 474 and added six more in the second as the tourists were bowled out for 228.

4th Test, Mumbai, 2004 - 5 for 82

On a minefield of a pitch at the Wankhede Stadium during the fourth Test of the same series, Harbhajan took 5 for 29 in the second innings as Australia were bowled out for 93 to give India victory by 13 runs in the dead rubber. He opened the bowling with Zaheer Khan - India had picked three spinners - and removed Matthew Hayden, Simon Katich and Gilchrist as Australia slipped to 58 for 7. Recalled into the attack with Australia 14 runs shy of victory with two wickets in hand, Harbhajan had Michael Kasprowicz caught at leg slip and Glenn McGrath taken at slip to seal a scarcely credible victory.

4th Test, Nagpur, 2008 - 7 for 158

Harbhajan took 15 wickets in three Tests against Australia at home in 2008-09, seven of which came in a 172-run win at Nagpur to seal a 2-0 series win. He opened the bowling in Australia's first innings and took three wickets to help India claim a lead, and in the second, with Australia chasing 282, he added 4 for 64 as the visitors succumbed for 209. His wickets included Hayden for 77 and Shane Watson for 9 as Australia wobbled under pressure, and it was Harbhajan who took the last wicket as India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

2nd Test, Bangalore, 2010 - 6 for 211

A 2-0 series win over Australia featured Harbhajan's stamp of 11 wickets. In the second match in Bangalore, he took 4 for 148 in Australia's first innings of 478, his wickets including Katich, Michael Clarke and centurion Marcus North. That India, having managed a lead of just 17, were left to chase 207 for victory was made possible with some help from Harbhajan who picked up Katich and North for figures of 21-2-63-2.

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