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In the 2001 match, India dominated Australia after they recovered thanks to Harbhajan’s hat-trick. @ AFP

India’s veteran offspinner Harbhajan Singh became the first Indian bowler to claim a Test hat-trick when he achieved the feat in 2001 against Australia at the Eden Gardens.

A video of Harbhajan’s hat-trick has surfaced on social media and former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, one of the Indian star’s victims, said that if there was the Decision Review System (DRS) during 2001, then the situation could have been different.

In the reply of the video, the ball touches Gilchrist’s bat first, but it looks like the umpire did not notice, leaving Gilchrist with no option but to leave the crease.

Gilchrist soon commented on the video and wrote, “No DRS,” he wrote on Twitter.

The comment triggered Harbhajan, who retaliated instantly. “U think u would have survived for long if not first ball? Stop crying over these things mate..thought u would talk sense after ur playing days.. but few things never change u r the prime example of that. Always crying,” Harbhajan wrote.

Meanwhile, in the 2001 match, India dominated Australia after they recovered thanks to Harbhajan’s hat-trick. India went on to win the match by 171 runs.

After Harbhajan, left-arm fast bowler Irfan Pathan replicated the feat against Pakistan in the 3rd Test at Karachi in 2006 before current India pacer Jasprit Bumrah became only the third Indian bowler to claim a Test hat-trick in the second Test against West Indies in Jamaica.