Ever since the Monkeygate scandal broke out in Sydney four years ago, cricket boards across the world have used giant screens at stadiums to warn spectators. The Mumbai Cricket Association makes announcements to such effect 5-6 times on a match day. Despite that, a few provoked Harbhajan Singh by passing lewd comments when he was fielding in front of the Divecha Pavilion on Sunday — Day 3 of the second Test against England at the Wankhede.
After the England innings got over, Harbhajan was seen making a point to policemen stationed near the sightscreen. The cops zeroed in on the leader of the pack and took him to the Marine Drive police station.
“Some spectators were telling Harbhajan to bowl. An argument ensued and we took a miscreant for an inquiry. He was let off after a stern warning. No complaint has been registered,” said senior police inspector Z Gharal of the Marine Drive police station.
Spare a thought for Harbhajan, though. MS Dhoni seldom makes sweeping statements, but his actions make a lot of noise. On Saturday, he introduced Harbhajan in the 24th over and after 10 overs on Sunday. In all, he bowled only 21 overs compared to the 42.3 and 40 over bowled by R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha.
Harbhajan is way down the pecking order and Dhoni has let him know that in his own stern way. Let’s hope Harbhajan doesn’t let the incident or Dhoni’s preferences affect him. India need his services with the bat today. He will have to support Gautam Gambhir if India hope to do a turnaround in the Test.