Indian off-spinning maestro, Harbhajan Singh revealed in an interview that once he and his teammate, Yuvraj Singh was beaten by Pakistan’s Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar, inside a room.
Talking in an Indian show called, Aap ki Adalat, hosted by Rajat Sharma, Harbhajan told, “Once Shoaib Akhtar threatened me that he will break into my room and will beat me. I told him ‘we will see who beats whom’. However, I was scared because of his strong physique. Once he hit me and Yuvraj and it was difficult for us to dominate him as he was a powerhouse.”
The 36-year old Indian spinner also shared with the world that he and Shoaib Akhtar has very friendly terms despite of being involved in heated arguments on the field.
“Shoaib used to spent a lot of time with us and that is probably why he never took us seriously. He has insulted us a lot but then, he is really close to us and we all sit together,” stated Bhajji.
Harbhajan, who is the most successful Indian off-spinner, shared another incident, where Akhtar challenged him to hit a six.
“When I replied with a six, he was left standing. He followed up with two successive bouncers. Then he sledged me, to which I responded. But after the game we sat together and nothing serious happened.”
Singh is often known for his loose temperament, he has previously slapped Srseesanth after a game of the Indian Premier League and he was also involved in an ugly quarrel with former Aussie allrounder, Andrew Symonds over racism.