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Harbhajan and Yousuf were ready to attack each other in 2003 WC


MANCHESTER: Call it drive of high-voltage conflict between India and Pakistan that when Harbhajan Singh and Mohammed Yousuf had been in a position to rip into each and every different with forks in their fingers right through the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.

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The Indian off-spinner laughed about the incident, which came about 16 years again at Centurion, however admitted that it got so unpleasant at that time that it required intervention from legendary Wasim Akram, Rahul Dravid and Javagal Srinath to separate them.

The fit will eternally be remembered for Sachin Tendulkar's epic 98 but it additionally had two offended protagonists in action, although, off the field.

Since Pakistan made 270 plus, considered a excellent rating at that time, there used to be a little bit of drive on India before the chase began.

So what exactly came about?

"It started with a joke but then got ugly. I was dropped for that game and Anil bhai (Kumble) was playing because team management felt he was a better choice keeping in mind his good record against Pakistan. I was a bit down and it can happen when you aren't in the XI," Harbhajan instructed PTI right through a chat.

"During the lunch time, I used to be sitting at one desk and Yousuf and Shoaib Akhtar had been on the different desk proper across in the commonplace house.

"We both discuss Punjabi and abruptly while we had been pulling each and every different's legs he first made a personal comment and then remarked about my faith," said Harbhajan.

"I gave him a becoming answer. Before any person realised we both had fork in our fingers and got up from our chairs in a position to assault each and every different," he laughed.

But issues weren't as funny when it came about.

"Rahul (Dravid) and Sri (Javagal Srinath) stopped me while Wasim bhai and Saeed bhai took Yousuf away. The seniors in both sides had been aggravated and we had been instructed that this isn't the appropriate behaviour."

"It's 16 years now. Now when I meet Yousuf, we both have a excellent snigger about it."

Harbhajan, one of the most best spinners the rustic has observed, further said that drive used to be immense right through the 2011 World Cup semi-final.

He had performed a large position in Mohali with the most important breakthroughs.

"That fit used to be other. People idea now could be the time Law of Averages will catch up. Mohali is my house floor and everybody wanted us to just win, fanatics, the media, the hype used to be insane," he recalled.


Indian cricketers have at all times shared a cordial relationship with their Pakistani opposite numbers as Shahid Afridi discussed in his ebook.


Harbhajan said indeed there are friendships off the field however on the box it's the competition which drives the avid gamers from both the edges.


"I have excellent friendship with Shahid and Shoaib (Akhtar). We have frolicked in combination, had meals. We spoke the similar language, our desire of meals, song lot of things are commonplace.


"But yes, once you cross that boundary rope, friendship does take a back seat," he signed off.


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