Shoaib Akhtar has laughed off claims by Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh that he and Yuvraj Singh were once beaten by the former cricketer in a hotel room in Pakistan.
“Shoaib once threatened me he would come to my room and beat me. I told him to come, let’s see who beats whom. I was really scared. He is a great hulk. He once bashed me and Yuvi inside a room. Since he was heavy, it was difficult to catch him,” Harbhajan was quoted saying during a show on an Indian television channel and his claims were highlighted by Pakistani media.
However, Akhtar said that it was all meant for fun. “I think he has made a big deal of it. Yes, it did happen during 2004 when we were playing a Test in Rawalpindi. But it was nothing serious and all fun.”
“Basically, we were horsing around and doing some arm wrestling and that is all but no Bhajji and Yuvi are my younger brothers no question of beating them up,” Akhtar added.
Inzamam-ul-Haq, who was Pakistan’s captain in the Test confirmed that such an incident had taken place in the hotel room. “But Shoaib was always very muscular and strong and even hugging him or shaking hands with him could be painful for other players,” Inzamam joked.