BANGALORE: Harbhajan Singh on Wednesday found himself in a fresh controversy after jabbing at a photographer at the Bangalore International Airport before leaving for the tri-series in Sri Lanka
The feisty off-spinner, who very often finds himself in the news for all the wrong reasons, jabbed at a cameraman after the camera had hit him on the head while he was taking his luggage out from a car before entering the airport.
Harbhajan gave an angry stare at the cameraman even as a security personnel tried to push back the hordes of lensmen who had virtually mobbed the cricketer.
The 29-year-old Punjab spinner has a rather dubious disciplinary record, having been penalised for various offences during his career.
Harbhajan was accused of racially abusing Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds in Sydney and the 2007 ‘monkey-gate’ incident snowballed into a major crisis, threatening to tear apart the cricketing world.
In the same year, Harbhajan was banned for the remaining Indian Premier League matches after the infamous ‘slap-gate’, which saw him slapping his India teammate S Sreesanth in Mohali.
After the ‘slap-gate’ incident, Harbhajan had promised to mend his way and keep a check on his temper.
While at the airport, the cameraman’s lens touched Harbhajan, and the miffed off-spinner angrily pushed the camera away.
Dream Car (Sep, 2009): Harbhajan found himself on the wrong side of the law for driving his Hummer in Chandigarh without a number plate. His vehicle was challaned for violating the Motor Vehicles Act.
Too big for his boots? (April, 2009): Harbhajan and Indian captain MS Dhoni missed the prestigious Padma Shri national awards ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan inviting the ire of sports minister MS Gill. He said he had personal problems.
The Slapgate Controversy (April, 2008): In the inaugural season of the IPL, he slapped paceman Sreesanth and was later suspended for the rest of the tournament (11 matches). BCCI also slapped a five-match ban on him for his improper on-field conduct.
Style mantra: Criticised for letting his hair down on the ramp and being featured in a liquor advertisement – both prohibited by his religion
Monkeygate (Jan, 2008): The infamous spat with Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds during the Sydney Test match in 2007-08 season. Hayden later described Harbhajan as an obnoxious weed.
Evoking religious sentiments (2008): Did a Ravana dance act on a TV show in 2008 that got Hindu and Sikh groups gunning for his blood. Got a reprieve from court.