Murali Kartik and Harbhajan Singh were India's two right-left combination spinners once © Getty Images
Murali Kartik and Harbhajan Singh were India’s two right-left combination spinners once © Getty Images

While on tours representing India, the pressure is always on for the players to perform. But that doesn’t mean that they leave out any opportunity to enjoy themselves and let it all go for once. Humour has become an important part of the Indian team’s dressing room since a long time now. We have often seen players sharing jokes, making fun of each other or the circumstances in which they are in. On such incident was narrated by slow left-arm bowler Murali Kartik who was an integral part of the Indian team till some years ago. ALSO READ: Harbhajan Singh nostalgic about getting India bag for 1st time

Kartik, on Vikaram Sathaye’s What the Duck on Viu Originals shared a incident that might leave everyone with a laugh surely. During a tri-series in Zimbabwe, when India were under the controversial coach Greg Chappell, they were bowled out for just 110 runs. How the incident then happened and how Harbhajan Singh lightened up the mood of the team can only be summed up perfectly in Kartik’s words. He says – “We lost the match badly and were sitting with sad faces. Suddenly, Bhajji gets up and starts telling everyone to remove their bats and start counting them. We removed our bats. We had 110 bats amongst the 15 of us. And then Bhajji said, ‘Itne toh humne run nahi banaye jitney balle hai’ (we haven’t even scored these many runs).”

The 39-year-old Kartik, who can often be seen doing commentary or as an expert made his Test debut in 2000 against South Africa. He played in only 8 Tests though. He made his ODI debut two years later against Zimbabwe and has 37 wickets to his name in as many matches for India.