Harbhajan Singh advised Shoaib Akhtar that he might come to look at the ultimate in Mumbai as a spectator.
Harbhajan Singh and Shoaib Akhtar are two of probably the most colourful characters on the planet of cricket. Both males have been the lynchpins of their respective sides throughout their enjoying days within the bowling division. And, each these cricketers don’t shrink back from voicing their opinion.
And now, Harbhajan Singh has revealed the dialog between him and Akhtar forward of the 2011 World Cup semifinal. Before the high-octane semi-final conflict between India and Pakistan within the 2011 World Cup, Shoaib Akhtar requested Harbhajan Singh for a couple of tickets in order that his household and some kin might come to look at the match.
So, ‘Bhajji’ known as the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) and organized for 4 tickets. And, when Harbhajan gave the tickets to Akhtar, the Pakistan speedster wished the Indian off-spinner to rearrange for 4 extra tickets for the ultimate as effectively.
“Shoaib Akhtar told me the night before the match that he wants some tickets for his family and relatives from Pakistan. So, I said no problem, and I called PCA (Punjab Cricket Association) and somehow arranged some four tickets for him. When I went to give them to him, he said ‘It will be great if you can arrange four tickets for the final as well,” revealed Harbhajan in a chat with Sports Today.
“I will give you four more tickets as well,” stated Harbhajan Singh to Shoaib Akhtar
Harbhajan additional continued that when requested why Shoaib Akhtar wished 4 extra tickets, he acknowledged that the Pakistan aspect was going to Mumbai to play the ultimate. To that, Harbhajan advised Akhtar that it might be the Indian aspect that can be enjoying the World Cup summit conflict and Akhtar might come to look at the ultimate in Mumbai as a spectator.
“I asked what he would do with them. He asserted that they (Pakistan) were going to play the final in Mumbai. I replied ‘If you are going to Mumbai, then where are we going? India will play the final, and you should come and watch. I will give you four more tickets as well, no problem, you come and comfortably spectate the game,’” stated Harbhajan.
After India beat Pakistan within the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup, Harbhajan cheekily requested Akhtar whether or not he would nonetheless like to return to look at the ultimate between India and Sri Lanka. But then, Akhtar declined.
“After the game, I told him ‘if you still want to come and watch the game in Wankhede on 2nd of April against Sri Lanka, you are more than welcome to come’. But he said ‘no man, I should head back now’,” concluded Harbhajan.
India beat Sri Lanka within the ultimate of the 2011 World Cup by 6 wickets to emerge because the champions. MS Dhoni was awarded the Player of the Match award for his unbeaten 91.