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R Ashwin recollects Harbhajan Singh’s lesson in sportsman spirit from 2001 IND vs AUS Chennai Test

R Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh (PTI File Photo)

Ravichandran Ashwin turned the following large factor in India’s off-spinner division when he changed Harbhajan Singh within the Indian workforce. The two spinners are sometimes pitted towards one another by way of statistics and their techniques to take wickets. On Monday night, each lauded one another in an Instagram reside chat on Ashwin’s ReminiscewithAsh present.

While speaking about India’s well-known Test sequence win over Australia at Chepauk in 2001, Ashwin revealed how Harbhajan’s actions gave him a lesson on sportsmanship and camaraderie among the many teammates.

“I have never missed a Test at Chepauk… I might have played in them or watched it from the stands. So I was there during that Test. I saw you going to Bahutule (Sairaj Bahutule) and apologising for dropping Hayden earlier. My father pointed out the sportsman’s spirit between the two players. He told me about how the players get along with the game and focus on the next ball. So it left a deep impact on me,” Ashwin recalled the incident when he was a 14-year-old budding cricketer within the stands.

“I was feeling disappointed because Hayden went on to score a double ton. And Bahutule couldn’t take many wickets despite bowling well. But he told me to let go of it and said these things happen. He was actually my room partner during that Test but he never mentioned about the incident even after we returned to our room,” Harbhajan mentioned.

The Jalandhar-born cricketer took Hayden’s wicket after the opener had scored 203 runs to take Australia’s rating to 391. Harbhajan took seven wickets within the innings whereas Bahutule took only one wicket of Mark Waugh in 21 overs he bowled. India received the match by two wickets and Harbhajan was named ‘Player of the match’ for taking 15 wickets.

Harbhajan mentioned that 33-year-old Ashwin is the most effective off-spinner on this planet proper now. The Chennai-born off-spinner has 365 wickets to his title, 52 lower than Harbhajan. The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) additionally rated Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon ”extremely” as he has been in a position to dominate in difficult Australian pitches.

“Lots of people would say that there’s a lot of jealousy between us. But I’d wish to name out to these detractors and say there’s nothing like that. Ashwin is the most effective offie on this planet proper now. I additionally fee Nathan Lyon extremely.

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“The Aussie (offie) is also up there because he has done extremely well for himself given the fact that he comes from Australia where the pitches hardly aid spinners. But Ashwin is a legend in the making. Going forward, I only want him to stay fit because he is capable of taking a lot more wickets and could finish among the highest wicket-takers in the world,” Harbhajan signed off.

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