Bhajji 'slaps' Sree, lands in fresh controversy

  • Subhash Rajta / Amol Karhadkar, Hindustan Times, Mohali
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  • Updated: Apr 26, 2008 04:21 IST

Harbhajan Singh is back in the limelight for the wrong reasons. After the racial slur drama, Harbhajan, leading the Mumbai IPL team, allegedly slapped paceman S. Sreesanth, who represents Mohali, after the IPL match on Friday night.

The incident happened when the teams were shaking hands at the end of the match. Sreesanth broke into tears and his teammates had to console him and take him to the dressing room.

An eyewitness confirmed to HT that Bhajji did slap Sreesanth. But there’s more than one version. One version said a friendly tap on Sreesanth’s cheeks triggered an altercation. Another said Sreesanth repeatedly abused Bhajji provoking him.

Immediately after the fracas, Mohali captain Yuvraj Singh walked up to Harbhajan to have a chat with him. IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and ICC's principal advisor I.S. Bindra also had a word with the off spinner. In the post-match conference, asked if there was an incident involving Sreesanth and him, Harbhajan said: “Can we talk cricket?”

However, Yuvraj confirmed that there was an ugly incident, without revealing what exactly happened. “It was unacceptable and ugly. But Harbhajan came to the dressing room and spoke to Sree. I am sure he apologised,” Yuvraj said. When asked what exactly happened, Yuvraj looked at coach Tom Moody, and said: “Should we tell them?” Moody said: “At the end of the day, players shake hands. But what we saw was something you don’t want to see.” A Mohali spokesperson said they would lodge an official complaint with the IPL governing council on Saturday.

 

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