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What do you say now Harbhajan?

Written by: Sunil Vasudeva
Published: Wednesday, October 29, 2003, 19:14 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: Harbhajan Singh's sarcastic remarks regarding the Kiwis reenacting background noises and situations akin to the Indian environment has come back as egg on his face. His comment was to the effect that the Kiwis doing what they were was tantamount to the Indians preparing for the tour to Australia by carrying beer cans in their hands on the practice field. What do you have to say now Harbhajan? Not much, I presume since the Kiwis gained mastery over your bowling - so much so that you began to mimic Kumble's style in an effort to get wickets! The Kiwis preparation strategy worked didn't it? How many wickets have you taken in this series and the first full ODI to legitimize your remarks prior to this series? Have you dominated the Kiwis or Aussies? NO! In other words, the Kiwis preparation scheme worked like a well-oiled machine.

Those belittling remarks toward the Kiwis were totally uncalled for. They however were more mature in that they answered you with their bats instead of their mouths. Remember, Harbhajan, your only claim to fame is your 30 plus wickets against the Aussies when they last visited India. Put more on your Resume before taking cheap shots at your rivals. And as the present Indian mantra goes, "Rest on your past laurels and use them as ammunition to excuse your present on the field flops." Harbhajan, the past is gone and stress your merit through current performances, not those past.

Even Ricky Ponting is not cocky after trouncing your team in the 2003 World Cup! He still speaks of you and your teammates with respect. So Harbhajan, save your wisecracks after you have shown your worth on foreign soil. Until then, remember how the Kiwis preparation prior to their tour stood them in good stead. You and your teammates could do nothing as they embarrassed you in your own backyard. I would definitely consider you and your teammates quality stuff provided you win at least one test in the upcoming series down-under. That is my challenge to you. Don't give your team the reputation of being a bunch of tongue wagging incompetent cricketers.

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