Hayden says relationship with Bhajji tense, but praises him as a human being

January 18th, 2009 - 5:17 pm ICT by ANI  

Harbhajan Singh

Brisbane, Jan.18 (ANI): Former Australian opener Mathew Hayden has described his relationship and exchanges with Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh as tense on the field, but as human being, is all praise for him.
In an interview to the Sydney Morning Herald, Hayden described Singh as an unbelievable bowler with a great competitive edge.
I enjoyed it 100 per cent. I loved playing the people who geed me up, tell me I can”t do something - that’’s what he told me the first time we met. Australia was playing a practice match and he said, ”I hope you get picked for Australia.” He didn”t know, but in that game I was trying to rotate the strike really defensively so I didn”t show him any of my key strategies before the Test, Hayden said.
I was batting rubbish and he had every right to say what he did. My comeback to him was saying, ”We”ll see.” That’’s all I said. First ball he bowled in the Test, I ran down and hit him over the top of mid-off. I said, ”OK, there’’s my answer.” Because there’’s a language barrier, I think it may have sounded to him more offensive than it really was, Hayden added.
There was always a real tension between us, but I respect what he’’s done in his career. And in his life, he has looked after his entire family. I respect that, Hayden said.
As far the racial drama at the SCG last year was concerned, Hayden said: The attention to that was way over the top. We just want to play the game. And when you”ve played, you just want to go for a fish or a surf. You don”t want to start blueing about who said what. It was stressful and way over the top. You”re highly strung and in the moment and in that situation, the words that come out of a person’’s mouth can have zero relevance. (ANI)

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