'Ponting-Zaheer spat, a clear misunderstanding'

Published: Saturday, October 2, 2010, 11:32 [IST]
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'Zaheer was talking to Laxman'

Harbhajan Singh has said that the spat between Australian skipper Ricky Ponting and pace bowler Zaheer Khan was a clear misunderstanding from the former's end and nothing really serious or personal. He said Zaheer's remarks were not intended to be provocative towards Ponting as he was just talking about the rival skipper with teammate VVS Laxman.

"I was not there when the incident happened. But a teammate told me that Zaheer was telling Laxman that 'Ponting is getting old'. Ponting thought it was directed at him and he came back asking what did he exactly say?," Harbhajan told official broadcasters before the start of the second day's play on Saturday.

Captain Ponting seemed to be upset about some comments made by Zaheer after being run out and he had a heated exchange with him on the opening day of the first Test in Mohali.

While trying to take a quick single called by his partner Watson, Suresh Raina ran him out before he could make his ground.

Ponting was walking back towards the pavilion when he turned back after hearing some comments from Zaheer.

With the Indian players standing in a pack, Ponting walked back towards them pointing the bat at them when umpire Billy Bowden intervened and sent the Aussie skipper back to the pavilion.

Harbhajan, who was involved in the infamous monkeygate scandal with Andrew Symonds, said he was 'lucky' for not being around when the incident happened.

"I was having a drink at the other side. I only came to know about it later. But these things happen in cricket but I believe for both teams playing good cricket is the priority," he said.

The off-spinner also expressed surprise about the nature of Mohali wicket which is low and slow in nature.


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