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‘I feel yuk talking to people like you’ — Harbhajan Singh reminds Mohammad Amir of spot-fixing scandal in ugly war of words

by Wisden Staff 4 minute read

Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Amir were involved in an war of words on Tuesday night, two days after Pakistan’s win over India in the T20 World Cup.

What seemed like banter at the start, with Amir ‘checking up on’ Harbhajan following the defeat, soon turned into an ugly verbal exchange that ended with the former India spinner reminding Amir of his involvement in the Pakistan spot-fixing scandal of 2010, which resulted in Amir receiving a five-year ban.

It all started when Amir tagged Harbhajan in a tweet asking how the off-spinner was coping after winning 12 straight matches against Pakistan in all World Cups.

“hello everyone woh pochna yeah tha @harbhajan_singh paa ji ne TV to ni tora apna koi ni hota hai end of the day its a game of cricket.”

(Hello everyone, I wanted to ask if Harbhajan Singh broke his TV after the defeat in frustration. At the end of the day it’s a game of cricket).

Harbhajan did not take kindly to the mention. He responded by shared a clip of him hitting a six off Amir in the 2010 Asia Cup to help India over the line with the caption:“Ab Tum bi bologe @iamamirofficial yeh 6 ki landing tumhare ghar k tv par to nahi hui thi ?? Koi nahi hota hai end of the day it’s a game of cricket as u rightly said.”

(Now tell me if this six landed and broke the TV in your house? Never mind, as you rightly said, it’s just a game of cricket).

In reply, Amir posted a clip of Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi hitting Harbhajan for four sixes in four balls during the Lahore Test in 2006, and taunted Harbhajan by saying, “me busy tha
@harbhajan_singh apki bowling dekh raha tha test jab LaLA ne apko 4 bowls pe 4 sixes mare thay but cricket hai lag sakte but test cricket me thora ziada ho gia tha.”

(I was busy watching Harbhajan Singh’s bowling when he was hit for four sixes in four balls by Shahid Afridi. It can happen in cricket, but being hit for so many runs in a Test match is a bit too much).

Harbhajan then responded by posting a still of Amir’s infamous overstep at the 2010 Lord’s Test.

“Lords mai no ball kaise ho gya tha ?? Kitna liya kisne diya ? Test cricket hai no ball kaise ho sakta hai ? Shame on u and ur other supporters for disgracing this beautiful game.”

(How did you bowl the no ball at Lord’s? How much were you given and who gave you the money? It’s a Test match, and bowling such a big no ball is a bit too much. Shame on you and your supporters for disgracing this beautiful game).

Amir, in turn, kept harping on about the sixes that Afridi had hit off Harbhajan, asking him to “run in fear.” “lagi pichware pe @harbhajan_singh k bhago bhago LALA aya hai.”

(Harbhajan’s backside got hurt. Run, run, Afridi is here).

Harbhajan retorted with an image of Amir and continued to call him a “disgrace.”

“For people like you @iamamirofficial only Paisa paisa paisa paisa .. na izzat na kuch aur sirf paisa..bataoge nahi apne desh walo ko aur supporters ko k kitna mila tha .. get lost I feel yuk talking to people like you for insulting this game and making people fool with ur acts.”

(For people like you, the only thing that matters is money, money, money. You don’t care for respect but only for money. I request you to tell your countrymen how much money you received to fix matches. I feel yuck talking to people like you for insulting this game and fooling people with your acts).

In the last tweet, Harbhajan shared a video of an old game where he smashed Amir for a six, with the caption, “Fixer ko sixer.. out of the park @iamamirofficial chal daffa ho ja.”

(A sixer off a fixer. Now get lost).

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