Veteran cricketer Harbhajan Singh hasn’t played Pakistan for a long time now but the fierce competitor in him hasn’t died yet. The 39-year-old off-spinner used the historic occasion of India launching its moon mission Chandrayaan 2 on Monday to brutally troll the neighbours. After sending a Space Probe to Mars in 2014, India now took another giant step in its space programme by launching Chandrayaan 2 from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh at 2:43 pm on board a giant heavy-lift rocket.
The space scientists had a narrow one-minute window for their second attempt at launching the moon mission on Monday, a week after it was cancelled nearly an hour before lift-off. While wishes poured in from the cricketing community as it was from other walks of life, Harbhajan came out with a cheeky tweet that indirectly targeted Pakistan.
He posted flags of a number of nations that have an image of the moon on them starting with Pakistan and including Turkey, Malaysia, Maldives, etc. He wrote: “While some nations have the moon on their flags, others have flags on the moon and that includes India, besides the United States of America, Russia and China.”
Some countries have moon on their flags
While some countries having their flags on moon
🇺🇸 🇷🇺 🇮🇳 🇨🇳#Chandrayaan2theMoon
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 22, 2019
Though Turbanator’s tweet was liked over a lakh times, he also earned flak for it. While Pakistan supporters lashed out at him saying India still doesn’t have enough toilets to serve its population, some Indians also found his tweet in a bad taste.
Harbhajan hasn’t played international cricket after 2016
Once a major strike bowler for India, Harbhajan was also a member of the World Cup-winning team of 2011 but didn’t play again after October 2015. He didn’t play regularly in ODIs after 2011 and only returned to the side for a final dash in July 2015. The final Test he played was in August 2015 under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. His last international game was however in March 2016 when he played in a T20I against the UAE in Asia Cup in Dhaka in 2016. He had made his international debut in 1998.
Harbhajan has played 103 Tests, 236 ODIs and 28 T20Is in which he has taken 711 wickets. In batting, too, he has a couple of Test centuries. Harbhajan played his last first-class and List A games in 2017 but continues to play in the Indian Premier League for the Chennai Super Kings.
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