By Rishabh Naudiyal Last Updated:
Over the decades, Indian Cricket has witnessed a lot of exceptional cricketers. But there are some, who not only have a lot of extraordinary records and moments in their legacies but holds a special place in the heart of this country. One such loved cricketer is Harbhajan Singh, the man, who holds the record of the second-highest number of Test wickets by an off-spinner in the history of Cricket. There are tons of accolades and records to his name but what not many people know is the fact that he is one of the best fathers in the world. Yes! You heard it right and before unwrapping all the details about this sweet bond, let’s have a quick recap of the love story of the parents of this little cutie-pie, Hinaya.
For the uninitiated, after a long courtship period, Harbhajan and Geeta had taken their wedding vows on October 29, 2015, and it was a big fat Punjabi wedding. Their lavish wedding reception was not only graced by the renowned industry stars and cricketers, but Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and other prominent politicians had also attended the wedding. And, on July 27, 2016, the cute couple had welcomed a little angel, whom they had named ‘Hinaya’ into their lives. Since then, we have witnessed a lot of major father-daughter goals from these two in interviews, pictures, videos, and PDAs. So, without further due, let’s dive into this!
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On July 27, 2017, Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra had celebrated the first birthday of their little princess, Hinaya. The picture of the birthday celebrations had gone viral on the internet because of the way cricketer had painted his face to make his little daughter happy. In the photo, we could see the baby girl, Hinaya looking not less than an angel in her white frock. While her mommy had looked beautiful in her black dress, it was her daddy, who had twinned with both of them partially.
The doting daddy, Harbhajan had also posted a beautiful video for his little daughter that was filled with the adorable moments of the father-daughter duo. While in some pictures, we could see him playing like a kid with her, in some clips, we could spot the pair indulged in some conversations. Along with the emotional video, he had written a few lines in the caption too, and it could be read as “Happy one year my baby angel. I wish I could hold on time & never let it pass by. I want you to stay the same baby Hinaya as you're. Won't say much, everything is expressed in the voice note that I have attached with the video.
There’s a reason why girls pray to have a life partner, who has certain habits and traits similar to their father. And the reason behind this is the fact that every father shares a friendly bond with his daughter and they are the ones, who always support them in their every decision. Well, Harbhajan Singh and Hinaya had already proved that they’re more besties than father-daughter, and we have witnessed a glimpse of the same on July 4, 2019 (on his last birthday). Bhajji had turned a year older and to make his day more special his wife, Geeta Basra had made the daddy-daughter duo twin in a maroon ensemble.
While the cricketer had worn a maroon shirt from designer, Piyush Dedhia, Hinaya's dress was custom-made by Parveen Basra. Geeta had captioned the picture as "Twinning with Papa on his birthday. Hinaya’s dress is extra special as it’s made by my talented mum Parveen Basra! Bhajjis shirt by @piyush.dedhia. Thank you, Piyush for the lovely fabric so I could make something unique and memorable!"
It was back in the year 2018 when the IPL 11 was going on, and we had already witnessed a lot of adorable moments between cricketers and their kids. But just when we had thought that it’s all over and we won't be able to witness cutesy moments any more. It was before the match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils at the Pune stadium when we had seen one of the cutest moments in the history of IPL.
The clips of little Hinaya helping her daddy, Harbhajan Singh with the warm-up before a vital match had won everyone’s hearts. In some shots, we could see the father-daughter duo practising with balls and bats and spreading cuteness all over the internet. Some of the reactions to that are down below:
One of the biggest reasons why Harbhajan Singh is a dream dad for any daughter goes to the fact that he prefers to spend time with his daughter far from the crowd. He always prefers to have only family members around him and Hinaya, when they’re having their fun time with each other. One of the prime reasons for this in the past was the lack of time that he used to get with his daughter. Well, over the years, we have witnessed the sweet little family vacationing here and there, but there’s one place where we had seen the daddy-daughter duo most of the times, and that is the pool. Both of them are simply in love with the pool, and we have seen it time and again. However, their famous pool party that had caught everyone’s attention had happened in 2019, when they had visited Dubai. The pictures of the doting daddy, Harbhajan spending some quality time with his daughter, Hinaya had given some major parenting goals to many people. Here are some of the pictures from their pool party in Dubai.
Harbhajan Singh has always been quite vocal about his love for his little daughter, and his social media handles speak everything about it. However, there’s one particular interview back in 2016, with a daily in which he had revealed the emotions he had felt after becoming a father. The cricketer had admitted that the happiness of becoming a father is way more significant than the satisfaction of playing 100 Tests and winning a World Cup. He had said,
“I have realised that there is nothing bigger in life than becoming a parent. Whether you play 100 Tests, win a World Cup, get all the medals in the world. There’s nothing bigger than the feeling of becoming a father. Your kids are your biggest medals.”
The doting father had also admitted that the respect for women in his heart has increased and that he’s lucky to be blessed with a daughter. He had also given an insight into the way he and his wife had taken care of their daughter, especially at night. He had revealed,
“I want to thank the almighty for giving me this lovely diamond. My respect for females has increased a thousand folds after having a daughter. We are what we are because of them. When she sleeps, we sleep, when she is up, we are up. I am doing all to be a great dad to her. Just want to be the best one for my little one. Hopefully, I can fulfil all her needs.”
Well, there’s no doubt that Harbhajan Singh is fulfilling the role of a father quite perfectly and we hope more and more daddies can learn a lot of things from him. The Indian cricketer has taken a lot of wickets in his illustrious career and has contributed to the success of Cricket in this country for which he will never be forgotten. And, we hope these two will keep on giving us major daddy-daughter goals for years to come.