Harbhajan wants to shed his 'bad boy' tag

Published: Friday, September 19, 2008, 12:46 [IST]
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Harbhajan SinghNew Delhi: India's spin sensation Harbhajan Singh wants to concentrate firmly on his bowling and not his behaviour when the home test series which is schdeuled to start on October 9.

" I'm sick of all the bad-boy crap," he told Hindustan Times on Friday ahead of the four-test series.

"I've no interest in hearing about how controversies follow me wherever I go," he said. "I'm going to stay away from all that."

"I have learned from my past mistakes, good and bad, the good things teach you stuff as well' he said

Team India is heavily rely on Harbhajan Sing, whi is nine short of taking 300 wickets in Test cricket.

India- Australia series was almost brought to a standstill after the racial controversy involving Harbhajan Singh and Symonds.

BCCI then suspended Harbhajan for five one-dayers in May for slapping fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth during a domestic Twenty20 league match.

Harbhajan took 32 wickets in 2-1 home series win in 2001. However, Australia won in 2004 to claim their first series in India for 35 years before retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at home in January.

"To be honest, they are a very good side, they've simply won everywhere," he said. "I play with a lot of passion always, the difference with the Australians is that they put a lot of challenges ahead of one when they play.

"I love challenges and I always want to do well against Australia, because if you do manage something special, you know you've done so against the best team in the world."


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