Someone's sour. And that someone is Harbhajan Singh.
The off-spinner first tweeted his displeasure at the pitch in Indore - saying that it already looked like it was 'two days old'. He also added his prediction, saying that he didn't think the final India vs New Zealand Test would last for more than three-and-a-half days.
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
That happened on the 8th of October and everything was fine - till, two days later, a fan questioned Harbhajan complaining about the pitch...
@harbhajan_singh U didnt complain duringInd vs sa, Kanpur, 2008Ind vs Aus, Mumbai 2004— Ankit Sharma (@Ankit_sharma03) October 9, 2016
It doesn't take long to figure out that Ankit was questioning Harbhajan's silence on pitches when he took five wickets against Australia in Mumbai and then a total of seven against South Africa in Kanpur.
However, the 'Turbanator', as he is now calling himself (an epithet given by the media), decided to reply...
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
Now that doesn't seem like it was said in good taste. And going by Harbhajan's calculations, he should have set the Ranji Trophy pitches on fire - irrespective of whether the pitches were spin-friendly or not. This is a player who has taken 417 wickets - and rather than acknowledge his loss in form, sounds a bit desperate to remind fans of his records (and how they could have been greater).
Obviously, it's not just us saying that - Twitter was quite enraged as well.
@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
@harbhajan_singh disagree on the pitches comment ( been the same since the 90's). You did have your opportunities since 2011.— Siddanth Rai (@siddanthrai) October 10, 2016
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