Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli hit back at the off-spinner Harbhajan Singh‘s tweet after India claimed a 321-run victory over New Zealand in the third Test at the Holkar Cricket Stadium and sealed a 3-0 series victory.
With the series win, India also retained the No.1 position in the latest ICC Test Rankings. Indian captain was presented the ICC Test Championship Mace by the little master Sunil Gavaskar after the Test.
When the fans were celebrating this wonderful win along with team India, Harbhajan seemed to be unhappy. Well, his sour tweets are the proofs. At first, he tweeted his prediction for the match commenting over the pitch of Indore.
Already looks like 2 days old pitch before the 1st bowl is bowled..my predictions match won't go more then 3 and half days.. https://t.co/obn4qVRnP6
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 8, 2016
To this, a fan tweeted him asking where were his complaints when he was playing against Australia, South Africa in 2004, 2008.
On this, Bhajji commented that if he would have played on the same kind of pitches, his test wicket count would have been very different.
Only 2 in my 103 tests.. Kumble and my test wicket count would have been something else if we got wickets like last 4 years we playing on? https://t.co/fvkdVw1I1v
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 9, 2016
Although the off-spinner congratulated India on their 3-0 series win, but it looks like he didn’t make the comment in a good taste. Harbhajan is currently playing in the Ranji Trophy.
Other Twitteratis’ soon thrashed him for his comments,
— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) October 10, 2016
@harbhajan_singh Bhajji, suck it up like a man and move on buddy. You have over 400 tests scalps. Show some class.
— Shivang Swaroop (@shivangswaroop) October 9, 2016
Virat Kohli’s response to Harbhajan Singh
When asked about Harbhajan Singh’s recent tweet about the kind of pitches offered to Ravichandran Ashwin, Kohli was not very pleased.
“Even if it is a turning pitch, you have to bowl well. Spin is just not something to happen only off the pitch. It depends on how many revs (revolutions) you give to the ball and the use of the shoulder. When we lost to New Zealand in the World Cup, I quite clearly remember, suddenly their spinners were quality bowlers and we were found out! I don’t see anyone talking about it now,” Kohli said.
“The same (New Zealand) spinners had played (in this series). Why did not they pick up wickets? It’s as simple as that. Our fast bowlers (also) picked up wickets everywhere. Give a guy a cement track to bat on. He should have a mindset to do so. It’s as simple as that. That’s all I am going to sum up,” he added.