Even Albert Pinto is stumped as to why Harbhajan Singh
ko gussa aata hai
. In the latest incident, Bhajji reportedly thwacked fellow Man in Blue but IPL rival S Sreesanth after the latter said something — ‘monkey’? ‘
— that the former found offensive. We always have our moments with the Mohali pace bowler who broke down in tears after the match. His über-exuberance sometimes gets the goat of the most placid among us. But then, Bhajji is no placid Punjabi. The Mumbai IPL team player lashed out against the Kerala boy and another case for the X-Files has been opened to figure out what the provocation was.
But there is a bigger issue here. We have been tom-tomming the fact that the ‘club team’ differences of the IPL tournament that many fear will overwhelm the Happy Family Feeling of Team India are exaggerated. Instead of new rivalries leading to the break-up of national team camaraderie, we had argued that the new professionalism among Indian cricketers will actually spur IPL rivals to egg each other on when it comes to playing for India on the big stage. So were we wrong?
That the Turbanator is the exception to every rule was observed when he had his memorable run-in with Andrew Symonds in the Indian series against Australia not too long ago. A large chunk of the Indian media took out their pens and national flags to herald the arrival of a
who could take on the firangi establishment. That ra-ra comes full circle with the knowledge that Bhajji may not be the upholder of civilisational pride as much as he is simply a hot-head. Oh, and losing three consecutive matches can make any person angry enough to turn violent. The real loser, of course, goes ahead and is violent.