October 28, 2008

Australia in India 2008-09

Harbhajan will be desperate to face favourite foe

Harbhajan Singh takes a breather, Delhi, October 28, 2008
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Harbhajan Singh will be desperate to play in the third Test in Delhi. Nursing a sore toe, he may be hampered but will not want to miss the chance to lower the Australian colours, writes Peter Roebuck in the Age.

A dry pitch has been prepared, besides which the dreaded "Bhaji" is not scared of the Australians and never has been. After all he took 30 wickets against them in their first meeting in 2001. The sight of an Australian cricketer sparks something in him, a mixture of competitive fervour and national pride. He tells friends that he does not like the way the Australian team walks about like it's the best thing since buttered naan. Asked to name his favourite Australian players he mentions Steve Waugh and Glenn McGrath and then grinds to a halt. Adam Gilchrist is dismissed as a "sweet knife".

Mathew Varghese is sub-editor (stats) at Cricinfo

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