Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh recall their on-field spat of IPL 2016

The two players had a heated altercation after Rayudu had missed a fielding opportunity against Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL 2016.

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu of Chennai Super Kings. (Photo by IANS)

The Chennai Super Kings had a supreme time in the 2018 edition of the IPL. Two of their key players in the season were recently seen exchanging mutual apologies. Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and batsman Ambati Rayudu found the right time to discuss their on-field spat of 2016. Interestingly, both Harbhajan and Rayudu had played for the Mumbai Indians in the 2017 edition of the IPL.

In one of the fixtures of the tournament, the two players had a heated exchange on the field following a blip on the field. The verbal exchange took place in the game against the Rising Pune Supergiant. Harbhajan Singh bowled to Saurabh Tiwary during the RPS innings. The ball went over the boundary ropes and Harbhajan was visibly unhappy with the effort that Ambati Rayudu had put in to stop the ball.


Rayudu had tried but Harbhajan just did not find it satisfying enough. Following Harbhajan’s wild gestures, even Rayudu yelled back at the senior bowler. Recalling the incident, Rayudu apologized Harbhajan in an episode of ‘Bhajji Blast’.

“I am still sorry for that day. I have said sorry so many times. I don’t know why it happened,” Ambati Rayudu quoted.

Harbhajan was quick to stop Rayudu and noted that there is no need to say sorry for it. Even he has yelled back at the senior players during his playing days, admitted Harbhajan. “No. no.. no.. No apologies.. You were not alone.. I have also done the same with my seniors. It happens But there are no grudges. I also went and said sorry ho gaya,” Harbhajan Singh remarked.

Here is a picture of what happened in the game:

Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu Fight
(Photo Source: Twitter)

On MS Dhoni’s influence

Speaking on different lines, Ambati Rayudu also praised MS Dhoni as the leader. Rayudu expressed his awe for Dhoni’s calmness in the dressing room. “When I had come to the Indian team, Dhoni bhai was the captain. Seeing him, I feel.. how can someone stay so calm?” Rayudu quipped. When asked if that helped his batting, Rayudu replied, “No, I can’t say that it helps my batting. Because I have an aggressive instinct.”

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