Harbhajan Singh can weave magic with the ball and bamboozle the best batsmen in the world with his guile. His opponents know it is never a good idea to mess with him.
When around friends, Bhajji is the life of every party. A fighter on the cricket field and a loyal friend off it – the Turbanator is one of the cricket’s most colourful characters.
And during a fun interview with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), he has revealed his favourites on and off the field. The off-spinner has a crush on Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre and Hollywood diva, Salma Hayek.
Here are the excerpts from rapid fire interview of Harbhajan Singh:
Favourite Song: It’s a Sufi song, ‘Charkhe di kook’ by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. I also love the title track from Hindi movie, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
Favourite Movie: Dilwale Dulhaniyaan Le Jayenge and Lion King
Favourite Musician/Band: I love Sufi music and I have many favourite Sufi singers. My most favourite is Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Favourite Holiday destination: New York
Favourite Cuisine: Thai
Favourite Mother’s recipe: My mom makes this sweet dish with rice. It’s basically sweet rice with saffron in it. I love it.
Favourite Fictional Character (cartoon or any character from a movie): Tigger
Favourite Sportsperson outside cricket: Muhammad Ali
Favourite cricketer: Sachin Tendulkar and Sir Vivian Richards
Best cricket buddy: I have so many best friends in cricket. I will have to name them all. Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Sachin paaji, Cheeku (Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. There are many others but these are my closest friends.
The go-to person for any advice on cricket: Sachin paaji
Mantra for life: live simple and live every day to the fullest
If I weren’t a cricketer, I would be: I don’t know. I can’t imagine my life without cricket.
Favourite attire: Jeans and T-shirt
Favourite cricket venue: Eden Gardens
Favourite book: You Can Win by – Shiv Khera
A childhood cricket memory that is still fresh in my mind: I still remember the day I saw the Indian team for the first time. They were playing a match in Jalandhar against Sri Lanka and I was a ball-boy there, about 10-11 years old. I saw them pass one by one from beside me – Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath and Sachin Tendulkar. I looked at them and went, ‘Wow!’. I was particularly in awe of Sachin paaji. I had heard what a great player he was when I saw him, I just kept staring. That’s when I realised what greatness is.
Celebrity crush: Salma Hayek and Sonali Bendre
Favorite Super hero: Batman
Dream car: Phantom