Harbhajan Singh, a senior cricketer (who is currently not a part of Indian squad) is known for his aggressive image and bold, blunt attitude. Many of the fans of the game do remember the Monkey Gate Scandal where Harbhajan Singh was allegedly charged with racial abuse in a spat with Andrew Symonds in the year 2008. Harbhajan looked furious while reacting to the controversial statement made by former ICC Umpire Darrell Hair, narrating three Asian spinners-Saqlain Mushtaq (Pakistan), Harbhajan Singh (India) and Muthiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) – as ‘role models’ for ‘chuckers’. A much annoyed Harbhajan Singh said “This is too much. We didn’t cross the limit but now Hair is “crossing the limit”. “Unka dimag theekane nahi (He seems to have gone mad).”
Defending his case he added “We were always within the permissible limit. Me and Muralitharan were cleared by the ICC more than once and why didn’t Hair object to my bowling thereafter? Was it because he was feared of losing his job as an ICC umpire? We are not sons-in-law of the ICC.” Emphasizing on the bowling style of current bowlers he stated “The present day bowlers are trying to bowl doosra, which was invented by us. It doesn’t necessarily mean they are bending arms more than the limit. The doosras can be bowled without bending the arms too much.” He also stressed on the fact that the technology used by ICC should be appreciated by saying “The ICC has set a standard for his bowlers and using the latest technology. Hair should stop challenging the technology and better keep his mouth shut.” Undoubtedly, the issue of chucking needs to be resolved by the ICC but the big relevant questions put in by Harbhajan Singh also needs clarification by the ICC.