Shane Watson, Harbhajan Singh poke fun at Yuvraj Singh’s age, compare him to Shahid Afridi

Harbhajan Singh and Shane Watson had some fun at Yuvraj Singh’s expense on an episode of the off-spinner’s new talk show.
Shane Watson (R) and Harbhajan Singh both played for Chennai Super Kings during the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL).(AFP)
Shane Watson (R) and Harbhajan Singh both played for Chennai Super Kings during the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL).(AFP)
Published on Jun 07, 2018 03:09 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByHT Correspondent

If there’s one factor that has made Shahid Afridi the butt of all jokes throughout his career, it has been his age that no one wants to believe.

Since his debut to his retirement, from cricketers to commoners, no one has spared a chance to take a dig at Afridi’s age with the newest entrants in the list being Harbhajan Singh and Shane Watson.

The Indian off-spinner has launched his own show — Bhajji Blast — and had Shane Watson and Yuvraj Singh as his guests when the conversation shifted to Yuvraj’s debut match, which was around 18 years back against Kenya.

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Although he didn’t bat, he sent down four overs in which he gave away 16 runs without a wicket. He got an opportunity to showcase his skills in the next game of the ICC KnockOut Trophy though, slamming 84 against Australia to help India win the tie by 20 runs.

During the interaction, Watson, who had a stellar run with Chennai Super Kings in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League, enquired how old was Yuvraj when he played his debut game.

On hearing it was 18, Watson joked, stating if the southpaw was referring to his ‘cricket age’ instead of his ‘birth age’.

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It didn’t take long for Bhajji to join in as well and said: “Did you spend lot of time with Afridi?” to which Watson stated: “He (Afridi) has been 36 for about 7 years. That’s a great effort.”

Watson recalled how he has seen Yuvraj in the cricketing circuit for a number of years now. “I have played against Yuvraj in under-19 World Cup. He scored 50 odd runs off 20 balls. A year later, he played Champions Trophy in Kenya. He was so dominating,” he added, to which Bhajji quipped: “He (Yuvraj) is also like Afridi.”

Although Watson had slammed a century in the IPL final against Sunrisers Hyderabad to help the yellow brigade lift the title for a third time, Harbhajan had missed the game after he was dropped from the side.

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