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Harbhajan's list of controversies

Here is a list of altercations and controversies that Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh has found himself in midst of.

cricket Updated: Sep 09, 2009 17:24 IST

September 2009 - The off-spinner was challaned by the Chandigarh Traffic Police for plying his Hummer vehicle without a registration number. He was challaned Rs 3000 for the indiscretion.

October, 2008 - Harbhajan could not control his tongue and in an interview said that former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist was not a ’saint’ and called Matthew Hayden a liar.

April, 2008 - Harbhajan Singh slapped Sreesanth, after a match between the Kings XI Punjab and the Mumbai Indians in Mohali. Apart from banning him for 11 or 13 matches he was also fined his match fee for the game.

January, 2008 - Harbhajan Singh was charged with a Level 3 charge of racially abusing Andrew Symonds when he allegedly called Symonds "monkey". He was banned for one test and charged 50 per cent of his match fees.
Symonds was not the lone Australian to have problems with Harbhajan during the tour Down Under. Opener Mathew Hayden also joined the off-spinners’ critics club and called him as an “obnoxious little weed” in a radio interview which led to Cricket Australia (CA) issuing Hayden a warning.

October, 2006 - Harbhajan featured without his turban in an advertisement for a liquor brand that angered many orthodox Sikhs, leading to anti-Harbhajan protests.

March, 2002 - Harbhajan was engaged in an altercation with the police outside the team hotel in Guwahati. A scuffle broke out when Harbhajan remonstrated with police officers after they refused to allow a photographer into the hotel.

In 2000 he was also thrown out of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore for not falling in line with the academy’s objectives and shirking physical workouts.

In 1998 Harbhajan was engaged in a war-of-words with Australian captain Ricky Ponting in his maiden international ODI series after which he was slapped with a fine and a reprimand.