Harbhajan Singh says the rigours of top-level cricket have taught him to “value relationships” above everything else.
“When I played 100 Tests, it felt great but I have started realising that more important are the relationships that you have developed over the years,” the 32-year-old off-spinner told PTI during an exclusive interview here on Sunday.
“It's those you have played cricket with and have known along the way. I would rather be known as a cricketer who was a good human being than being dubbed as a top player and an equally worse human being," he added.
For Harbhajan, if 90 out of 100 people like him, he will consider it as an achievement. “I only hope that when I stop playing the game, people would say that they cherished being in my company. I know 100 out of 100 guys won't say the same but I want at least 90 people to say that Bhajji achha insaan tha (Bhajji wasn't a bad juman being),” said the veteran of 101 Tests.
Gujarat lift Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
Indore: Gujarat clinched the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Championship title after registering a thumping six-wicket victory over Punjab in the summit clash here on Sunday. Electing to bat, Punjab suffered a top-order collapse to be reduced to 20 for four in the sixth over before they recovered a bit to score 122 for eight in their allotted 20 overs at the Holkar Stadium. Gujarat chased down the target with 13 balls to spare.
Brief scores Punjab 122/8 (Amitoze Singh 49; Jasprit Bumrah 3/14) lost to Gujarat 128/4 in 17.5 overs (Asad Pathan 32; Rajwinder Singh 2/40) by six wickets.
Indian women to take on Bangladesh
Mumbai: The Indian women's cricket team will play Bangla-desh in a T20I and ODI series in April, the BCCI announced on Sunday. The three-match T20I series will be played at Baroda’s Reliance Sports Complex on April 2, 4 and 5. The three-match ODI series will be played at Motera, Ahmedabad, on April 8, 10 and 12.
SL beat Bangladesh by 17 runs
Pallekele: Opener Kusal Perera struck an aggressive 64 to propel Sri Lanka to a 17-run win over Bangladesh in a Twenty20 match on Sunday. Batting first, Sri Lanka made 198 for five in 20 overs after being helped by Perera's 44-ball knock that included four sixes and five boundaries. Jeevan Mendis scored a 17-ball 37, and Thisara Perera 22 off seven. Bangladesh managed 181-7 with Mohammad Ashraful top-scoring with 43.