Harbhajan Singh on monkeygate: Symonds is a good fiction writer

Updated: Dec 17, 2018, 16:11 IST | Agencies | Perth

He actually broke down, crying, and I could just see that was a huge weight off his shoulders, he had to get rid of it

Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds
Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds

Andrew Symonds says India spinner Harbhajan Singh "broke down crying" while making peace after the 'monkeygate' episode. A decade after Harbhajan was accused of calling Symonds a "monkey", the Australian said they emotionally called truce three years later.

"He actually broke down, crying, and I could just see that was a huge weight off his shoulders, he had to get rid of it. We shook hands and I gave him a hug and said: 'Mate, it's all good. It's dealt with'," Symonds said.

Later, Harbhajan tweeted, "I thought he was a good cricketer, but Symonds has turned out to be a good fiction writer - he sold a story then [2008] and he is 'selling a story' now [2018]. Mate, the world has come of age in these 10 years and it's time you also grew up."

Symonds recalled: "We go to a wealthy man's place and Harbhajan said 'mate, can I speak to you for a minute out in the garden out the front'. He goes, 'Look, I've got to say sorry to you for what I did to you in Sydney. I apologise, I hope I didn't cause you, your family, your friends too much harm and I really apologise for what I said, I shouldn't have said it'."

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