Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Harbhajan to make peace with Hayden

India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is ready to make peace with Australia batsman Matthew Hayden.

Things turned sour between the duo just before the finals of the Commonwealth Bank Series when Hayden labelled Harbhajan an "obnoxious little weed" in a radio interview.

Though Hayden was reprimanded by Cricket Australia for his comments, Harbhajan decided to answer back in his own way by reportedly branding the 36-year-old Queenslander a "liar" on his return from Australia.

Hayden - who is due to represent the Chennai team when the Indian Premier League gets under way in April - has admitted he made a mistake with his choice of words and wants to meet with the spinner in order to bury the hatchet and move on with cricket.

Responding to Hayden's peace offer, Harbhajan told Mumbai newspaper Mid Day: "These things happen in the game, and I am happy if he wants to patch up. I never had any problem off the field with him.

"He is more than welcome to come and talk it over. Cricket is bigger than everyone and I am no-one in front of cricket.

"I always got on with the game and now if he wants to get on with the game, I am happy to talk to him. From my side, the issue is solved."

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