Ricky Ponting didn’t focus on the ball, but just got out by watching my face: Harbhajan Singh.


Bhajji holds the report of dismissing Ponting for probably the most variety of occasions in Check cricket i.e 10 occasions.

Harbhajan Singh and Ricky PontingHarbhajan Singh and Ricky Ponting. (Photograph Supply: Getty Photos)Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh lately talked about his rivalry with arch-rival Ricky Ponting. Harbhajan revealed that the previous Australian captain was so terrified by his deliveries that the latter had stopped concentrating on the ball. Bhajji holds the report of dismissing Ponting for probably the most variety of occasions in Check cricket i.e 10 occasions.

Ponting was the most effective Check batsmen of his time. He had a superb general Check common of 51.85. Nonetheless, his common would drop all the way down to 22.30 when he was to face the Indian spinner. Additionally, the previous captain may rating simply 10 runs in 5 innings at a mere common of three.4, with Harbhajan Singh dismissing him on every of the 5 events in the course of the 2001 Australia tour of India.

Talking on the newest episode of the Star Sports activities present Cricket Related, Harbhajan recalled the primary time he dismissed the Australian legend. Harbhajan felt scared after dismissing Ponting as he thought that the latter was going to hit him with a bat. Additionally, the off-spinner bought into bother for saying a phrase to the previous captain.

“First time I dismissed Ricky Ponting was in Sharjah. It was an ODI match and I bought him stumped. After dismissing him, I stated one thing to him that I didn’t know a lot about. My English wasn’t too good at the moment, I had heard that phrase from lots of people, so I additionally stated that.”, the spinner identified.

He added, “Due to that I bought banned from the subsequent match. However my reminiscence is that when he bought out and I signaled him to exit, he got here in the direction of me together with his bat as if he was going to hit me. So, I bought a bit scared if he would actually hit me.”

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Ricky was not specializing in the ball: Harbhajan Singh

Throughout the interplay, the wily off-spinner additionally talked concerning the well-liked 2001 Check collection in opposition to Australia he had tricked Punter together with his terrific bowling.

The 40-year-old revealed, “After that when the 2001 collection occurred it felt like he was not taking part in the ball however getting out simply by watching my face. He was not specializing in the ball in any respect, if he was specializing in the ball I don’t suppose anybody would get out so many occasions and that too so simply.”

The Jalandhar born star additionally shared the key behind the particular celebration he did after dismissing Ponting for a duck on the first ball. The incident passed off in the course of the 2nd innings of the Sydney Check in 2008.

“My particular celebration for Ricky Ponting was in Sydney. As a result of he had stated that I’ve dismissed him a whole lot of occasions in India however it will be troublesome to take action in Australia. There additionally I dismissed him off the primary supply, so I accompanied him nearly to the pavilion, doing somersaults all alongside the best way,” Bhajji identified.