A lot was being said after India's star spinner Harbhajan Singh recently made a statement that the spin pitches during India's final Test match with New Zealand in Indore were "tailor-made." It was believed that the message went out straight to R Ashwin, one of the best spinners the Indian cricket team has produced in recent times.
Ashwin gave a sensational performance as he took a total of 27 wickets over three Test matches for Virat Kohli's team in the series, thus helping India inflict a 3-0 whitewash over the Kiwis.
Harbhajan's comments, however, indicated that the turbanator had targeted the lanky Chennai spinner in his tweets. The silence, however, was broken by Ashwin and Harbhajan on Monday.
"Harbhajan Singh has been an inspiration and I started bowling off spin only after seeing the 2001 series [when he remained sensational as he picked up 32 wickets in a three-match Test series against Australia]. This banter going on is unhealthy," tweeted Ashwin on Monday. "By pitting players against each other we aren't going to gain anything but just a juicy headline. Let's respect people and keep the game healthy."
Harbhajan, on his part, too, gave his take on the ongoing saga fuelled by media reports and wrote back to Ashwin: "Dear got nothing against you. For some reasons my words are misconstrued. Wish you nothing but the best. Keep the flag high! God bless."
Here is the conversation:
By pitting players against each other we aren't going to gain anything but just a juicy headline.Lets respect ppl and keep the game healthy?— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 17, 2016