I wasnt at the ground or have not seen any video footage of what happened but from what I have read, I think Harbhajan Singh is being set up.
The brouhaha started with Andrew Symonds accusing Harbhajan of calling him a “monkey”. This has opened the wounds of the last Australian visit to India, where the crowd was accused of gesticulating like monkeys and targeting their actions at Symonds.
Harbhajan is not the coolest of customers on the field. He belongs to the Ganguly school of thought and not the Sachin school. And he has not minced words in the past when he expressed his want to take the fight to Australia in Australia.
However it is ridiculous to think that the match referee will have a hearing about this incident, and at least 5 people will testify against Bhajji.
Harbhajan Singh, who was bullied and sledged at during his tremendous blitzkrieg on Friday, was aghast that an official complaint had been lodged against him. Now, as many as five Australian players are even going to testify before the match referee. It won’t be easy to get out of this, even if Harbhajan is completely guiltless, as it is going to be one man’s word against five.
How does he prove that he hasn’t really said what the Australians are claiming he has? More pertinently, what happens to all the haranguing that they give to the opposition batsmen and bowlers? Will the match referees and ICC ever take note of their antics? Will Michael Clarke be slapped for dissent (and attempt to cheat) for not going away despite slicing the ball on Saturday?Â [link]
The team management along with the captain and Sachin will also be at the hearing, but they will be mere spectators. Only Sachin was on the ground with Bhajji when the alleged incident happened.
I feel that this is a sick ploy by Australia to teach Bhajji a lesson for him being so “bindaas” with the Aussies. And if Sreeshanth was here, he would have been accused of similar things.
Why is it that the greatest team of this generation is equally known for all the things that are wrong with cricket….sledging, bullying on the field etc. Their predecessors the West Indies of the 80’s and early 90’s were arguably more invincible that the Australians and no one ever had bad things to say about them.