Veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh has been jolted by the words of former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds. He called him a liar after the Aussie claimed that Harbhajan broke down and apologized to him for the 'monkey gate' scandal that happened in the 2008 Sydney Test.
Symonds was interviewed by Fox Sports on the tenth anniversary of the infamous incident. He said, “He [Singh] goes, ‘Look, I’ve got to say sorry to you for what I did to you in Sydney. I apologize. I hope I didn’t cause you, your family, your friends too much harm and I really apologize for what I said. I shouldn’t have said it’.
“And he actually broke down crying, and I could just see that was a huge weight off his shoulders; he had to get rid of it.”
Responding to Symonds, Harbhajan labeled him as a “fiction writer” after he opened up on the “Monkeygate” controversy.
The monkey gate incident turned out to be career-ending for Symonds. In June 2009 his Cricket Australia contract was withdrawn after he was sent home from the World Twenty20 after an alcohol-related indiscretion.
As said by Symonds, Harbhajan had called him a monkey during a 2008 Test match at the SCG.
(With Fox Sports Inputs)