Harbhajan Singh, India
Harbhajan Singh. Credit: BCCI

Harbhajan Singh was instrumental with the ball in the historic 2001 Test in Kolkata against Australia. He has earned a lot of success against Australia, with former captain Ricky Ponting, being one of his bunny. Harbhajan Singh picked up 13 wickets in the 2001 Kolkata Test, which included a hat-trick in the first innings.

Harbhajan Singh sent Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne packing in the 72nd over of the match, unfolding a controversy, led by a few members from that Australian team. Former Australia captain Mark Waugh was never convinced with the decision that went against former wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist and called it the ‘worst of all-time’.

"Ricky Ponting Used To Get Out Just By Looking At My Face"- Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh and Ricky Ponting (Photo-TOI)

Adam Gilchrist, himself, and even Glenn McGrath were unconvinced with the decision. Howerver, Harbhajan Singh said, that’s how Australians are as they cannot accept defeat, specifically when they are ahead in a match. The veteran off-spinner also said, the ball would have been crashing on to the middle-stump.

Harbhajan Singh: Australia are bad losers, it must have given them hard time

“It was straight in line, it was going to spin as well. I think if I see that now… with DRS, it would have hit the stumps for sure. But that’s McGrath for you. Australians are… they produced a lot of great players but are very bad losers. When it comes to losing a match from that situation… where they were, it must have given them a hard, hard time,” Harbhajan Singh told R Ashwin in an Instagram chat.

Harbhajan Singh Recalls 2001 Kolkata Test, Says 'Australia Are Bad Losers'
Harbhajan Singh and Ricky Ponting (Photo-Cricket Australia)

India had won the historic Test by 171 runs with Test great VVS Laxman being adjudged the man-of-the-match for his fine double hundred and brilliant partnership with Rahul Dravid, which turned around the match in favour of the home side.