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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014
Recharged Bhajji goes shopping
Sanjjeev K Samyal & Ajay Aggarwal, Hindustan Times
Colombo, September 25, 2012
First Published: 00:34 IST(25/9/2012)
Last Updated: 00:38 IST(25/9/2012)
MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh at ODEL, shopping mall in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Team India will play their next ICC T20 World Cup cricket match on Friday. Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times

Happy that Sunday night's hard work had paid off, the India players, deservedly, decided to put their feet up on Monday. While some of them chose to relax in the comfort of their rooms, others checked out the facilities at their plush Colombo hotel.

However, skipper MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh decided they wanted to spend their leisure time differently by scouring the stores and picking up items of their choice.

Around 2pm, Harbhajan, who was instrumental in mesmerising the clueless England batsmen with his off-spinners, appeared at the hotel entrance. Though he had Dhoni by his side, it was the former who was the cynosure of all eyes.

No sooner had they driven off in a luxury car did Virat and Yuvraj follow suit. Opener Gautam Gambhir also belonged to the shoppers' camp but he chose to comb the stores in the company of wife Natasha.

They made their way separately, but the converging point was ODEL --- Colombo's most famous shopping address.

Once there, the first halt for the quartet of Dhoni, Harbhajan, Yuvraj and Virat was the upscale Japanese restaurant, Nihonbashi.

Known for its lip-smacking menu, the India stars had their fill before they proceeded to check out what was on offer elsewhere.

While Dhoni's interest lay in the adventure sports section, the emphasis being on watches, apparels were what caught the fancy of Virat and Harbhajan. While the former checked out shorts, shirts and shoes, the latter focussed on pullovers and T-shirts.

Job done, Dhoni, Virat and Yuvraj got back to their cars, but were kept waiting by Harbhajan, who took care to choose his stuff. Probably, after his exploits on Sunday, that was his way of rewarding himself.


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t20 fixtures

Match Date Time Teams
1st 19/09/2012 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST AUS vs IRE
2nd 19/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST AFG vs IND
3rd 20/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST SA vs ZIM
4th 21/09/2012 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST NZ vs BAN
5th 21/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST AFG vs ENG

t20 standings

Team MP MW ML MT NR NRR Pts
Chennai Super Kings 4 2 2 0 0 -0.049 8
Sri Lanka 3 3 0 0 0 +0.998 6
Kolkata Knight Riders 4 1 2 0 1 +0.488 6
Perth Scorchers 4 1 2 0 1 -0.474 6
Auckland Aces 4 1 2 0 1 -0.963 6
Australia 3 2 1 0 0 +0.464 4
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