Brisbane, Mar 5 (UNI) Accusing the Australian media of unfairly targetting Harbhajan Singh, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the off-spinner was disturbed by the negative reports initially but got used to it as the tour progressed.
''He was harassed but after a while you get used to it. The next day you open the newspaper and again there is something.
It became part of life. For close to three months every day there was something,'' Dhoni said.
''There was a time when it seemed like he was like Michael Jackson, the way the media were following him,'' he added.
''We played some good cricket out here which was masked by the controversies - that was a concern.'' The captain, however, stated that the controversies only made Harbhajan more determined to perform.
''The more he was taken into these controversies, the more determined he was to perform. He's an aggressive player and quite expressive on the field,'' he said.
''But he's the kind of player who fights hard - that's a quality and that's what character is all about.'' Stating that none of the allegations were proved against the off-spinner, Dhoni said, ''People might say he might have crossed the barrier but nothing was proved against him. From outside he looks a bit rash but you have to respect individuals.'' The 26-year-old from Jharkhand remarked that the Australian media will have to find someone else to target now that the off-spinner is returning home.
''I don't know what will happen to the Aussie media now.
Harbhajan is going back home, so they will need someone to replace him,'' Dhoni quipped.
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