New Delhi, Oct 10 (UNI) Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh hates losing to the Australians and is all fired up whenever he plays against them.
The temparamental bowler was accused of racial abuse during India's stormy tour Down Under earlier this year. His bust up with Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds during the Sydney Test threatened to divide the cricketing world and Harbhajan admitted that playing against the world champions gets his competitive juices flowing.
''I hate losing to Australia. I mean it can't be a coincidence that all my best performances have come against them. It just perks me up whenever I play against them as they are the team to beat,'' Harbhajan told ESPN STAR Sports.
Often seen as a tormentor of the Australians, the off-spinner from Jalandhar is edging closer to the 300 Test wicket mark.
But Harbhajan is not really concerned who his 300th victim will be as long as it happens sooner than later.
''I am God's favourite son, he has given me all. I never thought I'd be able to reach this far in cricket but God will get me that 300th wicket. I don't need to worry about it,'' he said.
His match winning performances on the field has earned him the title of 'Turbanator'. It may seem a rather jazzy, trigger-happy name but Harbhajan doesn't quite like it.
''I don't know but I never liked it. My name is Harbhajan Singh and I want to be addressed as Harbhajan Singh,'' he revealed.
Recalling his early days as a simple, small town boy from Punjab Harbhajan said,''I was a simple boy from Jalandhar who'd love watching himself on Television. I remember my then team mate Harru Paaji (Harvinder Singh) told me to hold on to the ball whenever it came to you while fielding. He told me that longer I will hold on to the ball, longer the camera will be on me. And then when the ball is with me, I should say encouraging words like 'shabbash, shabbash' so that everyone gets good impression about me.'' He went on to narrate an incident in Sharjah where India featured in a triangular series with Australia and New Zealand.
''There was a game where Sachin Tendulkar was going really well. Me and Harvinder sat on the front row of the dressing room and would say, 'shabbash, shabbash Sachin bhai' only when the camera would be on us (laughs). Our only motive was to be on TV!!,'' he laughs.
Besides busy snaring Ricky Ponting on the cricket field, Harbhajan is also working hard at getting points at a popular dance show on an entertainment channel.
''Believe me on the first day when they showed me those dancing steps, I said to them, that is it, I can't do these steps. But then my dance partner Mona Singh and choreographer helped me out and I went on step by step. But believe me, hats off to the team they could make an anaari like me dance.'' When asked about his marraige, a blushing Harbhajan admitted that he is too young to marry. The 28-year old feels that he is ''still a child at heart and has to learn too many things about life.'' Harbhajan said,''I believe marriages are made in heaven and mine too is like that. I only pray God, if he has made that 'Special One' for me why doesn't he send her to me. Usko bhejo Bhagwan ji.'' UNI AB RKM PM1645