The intensity is always on the higher end whenever India and Pakistan lock horns with each other in a cricket field. Nowadays, the chances of a bilateral series are very slim as the relations between the two nations are not that great. With the T20 World Cup around the corner, a high voltage encounter between the two participating nations is awaited.
Whenever the two teams meet there is a heated argument between them as both share a similar language. One such incident happened in the 2010 edition of Asia Cup which was held in Sri Lanka. India and Pakistan faced each other at Dambulla. The match holds a special place in the heart of the Indian fans because of the way the men in blue won the match. Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar and Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh had an on-field clash in the final overs of the game.
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Bhajji smashed a six over the long on fielder off Akhtar’s delivery in the 47th over of the game. Shoaib Akhtar then bowled two pacy bouncers directing at the player’s ribcage. The two exchanged some words.
India needed 7 runs off 7 balls with Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh on the pitch. Raina was dismissed in the 2nd ball of the final over and India needed 3 runs off 2 deliveries. Harbhajan Singh replied by hitting a six and ending the match in which team India were found victorious. Harbhajan scored an unbeaten 15 runs off 11 deliveries and led India to a famous victory. Harbhajan Singh made some aggressive gestures towards Akhtar after winning the match for his country.
Shoaib Akhtar spoke about the incident in Helo App saying that he went to Harbhajan’s hotel room to beat him but he couldn’t find him after the match.
“I went looking for Harbhajan Singh in the hotel room to fight with him. He eats with us, roams around with us in Lahore, culture is similar to us, he is a Punjabi brother and yet he will misbehave with us? I thought I will go and fight with him in the hotel room. He knew that Shoaib was coming. But I couldn’t find him. I calmed down the next day and he had also apologised,” said Shoaib Akhtar in a video interview on Helo app.
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“Shoaib once threatened me he would come to my room and beat me. I told him ‘Come, let’s see who beats whom.’ I was really scared. He is a great hulk. He once bashed me and Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) inside a room. Since he was heavy, it was difficult to catch him,” Harbhajan had said.
Suresh Raina recently addressed the altercation in an Instagram live session with Irfan Pathan. He said: “Bhajju paa was a fighter. I remember he had some argument with Shoaib Akhtar but then hit a six to win the match for us.”
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