New Delhi, July 4: Veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who is known for his on and off-field aggression, has revealed that once Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar thrashed him and Yuvraj Singh in a hotel room.
Former Pakistan fast bowler, Akhtar, was another player with whom 'The Turbanator' had verbal spat with though the duo were good friends off the field.
In a television show, "Aap Ki Adalat", Harbhajan revealed, "Shoaib abused me a lot. He used to sit with us, ate with us. Since he was too close to us, maybe he used to take us for granted. He challenged me once to hit a six and when I hit a six, he was shocked. He then bowled two consecutive bouncers which I evaded. He then abused me and I replied back. But after the game, we sat together as if nothing happened.
"Shoaib once threatened me he would come to my room and beat me. I told him come, let's see who beats whom. I was really scared. He is a great hulk. He once bashed me and Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) inside a room. Since he was heavy, it was difficult to catch him," Harbhajan said.
Harbhajan also said it is always a special moment winning India-Pakistan games and believes the hype around the high voltage encounter is all media generated.
"As a player, I feel great after defeating a big team. In those days the Pakistan team was a great team too. They had players like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younus, Saqlain Mushtaq and Shoaib Akhtar. For us that used to be a special game, a special moment. I feel media creates too much hype for India-Pakistan matches," he remarked.
(With inputs from agencies)