Bangalore: Responsibility, it seems, brings the worse out of Harbhajan Singh!
A year and a half ago, while captaining Mumbai Indians during IPL, the feisty off-spinner could not resist a physical assault on Kings XI Punjab pacer and his Team India colleague S Sreesanth after a match between the two sides.
Harbhajan duly apologized…to Sreesanth, match referees, Lalit Modi, fans, the nation, and practically, to everyone.
The apologies however did not buy him any mercy. Besides having to shelve out a massive amount as fine, he was also banned from the remainder of the IPL.
But the Turbonator hardly seems to have learnt any lessons.
Just minutes before the Indian team was scheduled to embark for Sri Lanka for a tri nation tourney, Harbhajan, who captained Air India Blue just a day before in a losing cause in the Corporate Trophy finals, is alleged to have slapped a cameraman at the Bangalore airport amidst large media presence.
Apparently, Harbhajan jabbed at the cameraman after his camera had hit him on the head while he was taking his luggage out from a car before entering the airport.
Harbhajan gave an angry stare at the cameraman even as security personnel tried to push back the hordes of lensmen who had virtually mobbed the cricketer.
Zeecric did try to contact the off-spinner himself, besides other board officials, but to no avail.
However one thing is for sure. The last hasn’t yet been heard on latest Harbhajan slap-gate episode.
Watch this space for more.
First Published: Thursday, September 10, 2009, 12:32