New Delhi: Veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh believes current Test captain Virat Kohli’s aggression will help the national cricket side scale “difficult heights”.
“It’s good to see the way Virat Kohli conducts himself. I feel this is the brilliant way forward for Indian cricket. Going to play with the right body language, fighting it out for India with a zeal to get the right result, we need such a spirit, which Virat Kohli has,” Harbhajan said in a television show, Aap Ki Adalat.
“Whether it’s his own or he may have taken it from me, I feel it’s a great sign for Indian cricket, to take India to difficult heights.”
The offie also spoke about his former teammate Anil Kumble who was recently roped in to coach the national outfit. “Anil bhai is a man I respect a lot. I played with him for many years. I learnt one thing from him in life — ‘Don’t ever give up’.
He was a cricketer with a serious bent of mind. He knows my mischievous nature. I don’t think he had any problems with me ever,” he said.
“I agree Anil bhai had to sit out because of me, because in those days I was playing well. I myself felt bad seeing him sit out, because I was only 20 then, I was doing well, and my captain chose me.”
In 2007-08 Harbhajan was charged with racial abuse against Australia’s Andrew Symonds. The incident became famous as the ‘monkeygate’ scandal but the tweaker denied having abused him.
“I didn’t say monkey. It was their allegation. I only told him, teri maa ki...haath ki roti khaane ko bada dil kar raha hai (Feel like eating chapattis made by your mother). He didn’t listen at all. Anyway, he didn’t know Hindi, and I did not know English,” he said.