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Bhajji's Hummer Plans Gone Awry???

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Will the ban hit Harbhajan's Hummer plans?

Gulu Ezekiel/GE Features

May 01, 2008 16:17 IST

What do errant Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and the late West Indian fast bowling great Malcolm Marshall have in common?

Not much, you would guess, save for the obvious -- both being international bowlers of repute.

But

there is more. Both belong to the 'counting your chickens before they

are hatched' club; and, in both cases, high priced luxury cars were

involved.

Clueless? A bit of cricketing history from the 80s is involved, and also something more current.

Back

in 1983, India had shocked the world by reaching the final of the

Prudential World Cup at Lord's. But skittled out for 183 before the end

of their allotted 60 overs by the devastating West Indies 

fast bowlers, it was surely only a matter of time before their mighty

batting took over. Nothing, it appeared, could stop Clive Lloyd's  Caribbeans from lifting their third straight World Cup crown.

So confident was Marshall of victory that just before the final was played, on June 25, he put a down payment on a BMW car.

The rest, of course, is cricket history! 

Wrote

Marshall in his autobiography, Marshall Arts: "I was sure we were going

to win that World Cup. In fact, I was so positive about the outcome

that I had even ordered a new BMW car on the misguided belief that I

could pay for it out of my winnings. What utter folly! I cannot now

comprehend my arrogance and stupidity...

"To

say I was in a relaxed mood [after India's innings] would be an

understatement. I could visualise myself sitting behind the wheel of

that flashy sports car and I hardly paid much attention to the cricket

when we went out to get those 184 runs in the 60 overs available to us.

Others were in a similar state of mind; there was no way we could fail."

Fail they did, as India romped home by 43 runs under the canny captaincy of Kapil Dev . And the legend of 'Kapil's Dev-ils' was born.

So what about Harbhajan,  after the infamous 'slapgate' at Mohali on Friday?

Well,

shortly after the Indian team returned from Australia after clinching

the CB ODI tri-series, the off spinner was asked by a television

channel reporter what he planned to do with the whopping $850,000 (app.

Rs. 3.4 crore) he had been paid to join the Mumbai Indians franchise at

the IPL auction.

A beaming

Harbhajan announced he was going to buy a Hummer, that tank-like

vehicle that is a rage in the United States and the world.

The

latest Hummer mode, the 2008 H3 is listed between $32,000 (Rs 12.80

lakh) and $39,000  (Rs 15.60 lakh). But since there is no dealership in

India, the import duty he would have to pay on bringing in such a

vehicle would be double the actual cost of the car itself.

Asked

why a Hummer, Harbhajan proudly claimed that it would be the only one

on the streets of Jalandhar, his home town, and though he had always

wanted one, he could now afford it thanks to his IPL auction price!

Harbhajan's

banning has cost him almost Rs 2.6 crore after playing just three

matches and being paid for only two games. His entire match fee for the

Mohali encounter has been docked.

One wonders now: is he still going to buy that dream car or cut his losses? Hope he hasn't made the down payment!

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CLASS??Don't you mean CRASS???

And I really don't think he's going to cancel the order just coz of this ban..these bugger's make enough money on and off the field..

A bloody waste these cricketer's are if you ask me.

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after the slapgate controversy i think bhajji should mend his lifestyle and definetely shouldnt think abt d hummer cause he is already poorer by 3 crores and plus might be out of the indian team in d near future !!! so he should look elsewhere now !!!!

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harbhajan should never be playing anyway. His bowlin skills are pretty poor now. Apart from occasianal performances.

Humility is something these guys should learn. Thats why Sachin is so respected by everyone. and thats one reason i like MS Dhoni now :)

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SACHIN AND RESPECTED????????????

COME ON RAJEEVRAJ!!!!!!!

IF he were so  "RESPECTED" why did he try and cop out of paying the duty on his supposed "FREE" Ferrari? Not like he can't afford the duty.

Oh yea.. and why does he still get free fuel for the car? That too delivered to his house in 200 litre drums?

If he were so well respected, he'd have coughed up the duty, and would be paying for the fuel.

Respected my A$$!!!!

Bunch of fookatiya's is what all these damn people are.

 EDIT: If my memory serves me right, he didn't end up paying duty.

Also, he had applied to the Otter's club in Bandra asking for Free membership on the grounds of him being a "NATIONAL SPORTSPERSON".. howlarious because they rejected his request..
Zavo2008-05-02 07:24:48

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SACHIN AND RESPECTED????????????

COME ON RAJEEVRAJ!!!!!!!

IF he were so  "RESPECTED" why did he try and cop out of paying the duty on his supposed "FREE" Ferrari? Not like he can't afford the duty.

Oh yea.. and why does he still get free fuel for the car? That too delivered to his house in 200 litre drums?

If he were so well respected' date=' he'd have coughed up the duty, and would be paying for the fuel.

Respected my A$$!!!!

Bunch of fookatiya's is what all these damn people are.

 EDIT: If my memory serves me right, he didn't end up paying duty.

Also, he had applied to the Otter's club in Bandra asking for Free membership on the grounds of him being a "NATIONAL SPORTSPERSON".. howlarious because they rejected his request..
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I think you have hit the nail on the head!

These people think of themselves like demi-God's.

It's time they were brought crashing back to earth.

 

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success had gotten to his head probably. these guys carry a lot of attitude & have hugely inflated egoes. at the end of the day they must remember they are just crickters or entertainors & not someone who is doing a lot good or helping people in any way. what would he be thinking before buyng hummvee- bring down the city or maul sreesanth?

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