Harbhajan wants to shed his bad boy image

September 24th, 2008 - 5:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Harbhajan SinghSydney, Sep 24 (IANS) Harbhajan Singh has vowed to shed his bad boy image that put India and Australia on a warpath last summer.Harbhajan said he was sick of being known as international cricket’s chief trouble-maker and is ready to clean up his image.

“I am sick of all the bad boy crap, I’ve no interest in hearing about how controversies follow me wherever I go. I’m going to stay away from all that.”

“It’s always important to learn from your mistakes. I’ve learnt my lessons, good and bad, the good things teach you stuff as well,” Harbhajan was quoted as saying in The Australian Wednesday.

The fiery off-spinner was involved in a race row with all-rounder Andrew Symonds in the controversial home series. Harbhajan allegedly twice called Symonds a monkey — the first time during last October’s one-day series in India and the second in the tumultuous Sydney Test.

His escape with just a fine after a charge of racism was downgraded to verbal abuse still angers several Australian players.

Matthew Hayden even labelled Harbhajan as “obnoxious little weed”, landing the Australian left-hand opening batsman in trouble.

Harbhajan has been successful in playing the Aussie mind games through out his career and will be once again India’s trump card in the four Test series starting Oct 9 in Bangalore.

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