Name it stress of high-voltage conflict between India and Pakistan that after Harbhajan Singh and Mohammed Yousuf had been able to tear into one another with forks of their palms in the course of the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.
The Indian off-spinner laughed in regards to the incident, which occurred 16 years again at Centurion, however admitted that it acquired so ugly at the moment that it required intervention from legendary Wasim Akram, Rahul Dravid and Javagal Srinath to separate them.
The match will perpetually be remembered for Sachin Tendulkar’s epic 98 but it surely additionally had two indignant protagonists in motion, although, off the sector.
Since Pakistan made 270 plus, thought-about an excellent rating at the moment, there was a little bit of stress on India earlier than the chase began.
So what precisely occurred?
“It began with a joke however then acquired ugly. I used to be dropped for that recreation and Anil bhai (Kumble) was taking part in as a result of staff administration felt he was a better option maintaining in thoughts his good document towards Pakistan. I used to be a bit down and it might occur while you aren’t within the XI,” Harbhajan instructed PTI throughout a chat.
“Through the lunch time, I used to be sitting at one desk and Yousuf and Shoaib Akhtar had been on the different desk proper throughout within the frequent space.
“We each communicate Punjabi and instantly whereas we had been pulling one another’s legs he first made a private remark after which remarked about my faith,” mentioned Harbhajan.
“I gave him a becoming reply. Earlier than anybody realised we each had fork in our palms and acquired up from our chairs able to assault one another,” he laughed.
However issues weren’t as humorous when it occurred.
“Rahul (Dravid) and Sri (Javagal Srinath) stopped me whereas Wasim bhai and Saeed bhai took Yousuf away. The seniors in each side had been irritated and we had been instructed that this isn’t the appropriate behaviour.”
“It’s 16 years now. Now once I meet Yousuf, we each have an excellent chuckle about it.”
Harbhajan, one of many best spinners the nation has seen, additional mentioned that stress was immense in the course of the 2011 World Cup semi-final.
He had performed a giant function in Mohali with essential breakthroughs.
“That match was completely different. Individuals thought now’s the time Regulation of Averages will catch up. Mohali is my residence floor and everybody needed us to simply win, followers, the media, the hype was insane,” he recalled.
Indian cricketers have all the time shared a cordial relationship with their Pakistani counterparts as Shahid Afridi talked about in his e book.
Harbhajan mentioned certainly there are friendships off the sector however on the sector it’s the rivalry which drives the gamers from each the edges.
“I’ve good friendship with Shahid and Shoaib (Akhtar). We’ve got frolicked collectively, had meals. We spoke the identical language, our desire of meals, music lot of issues are frequent.
“However sure, when you cross that boundary rope, friendship does take a again seat,” he signed off.