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Slap costs Bhajji Rs 2.67 crore
April 28, 2008 20:30 IST
Last Updated: April 29, 2008 11:52 IST
The temperamental off spinner was fined 100 per cent of his match fees when he was handed out an eleven-match ban for his unprovoked assault on his India teammate after the Mohali game between his team, Mumbai Indians, and the latter's King's XI of Punjab on April 25.
The Punjab-born Harbhajan was purchased by the Mumbai franchise team, owned by Reliance Industries [Get Quote], for a whopping $8,50,000 (approximately Rs 3.4 crore).
"There are no separate match fees for IPL matches and the players are given only allowances. The match fee is calculated on a pro-rata basis of the amount he had been bought for by his franchise owner and the number of matches he's able to play," a top BCCI source informed.
As per this calculation, the player, termed 'Turbanator' by the Aussie press, stands to lose Rs 2.671 crore -- or close to Rs 25 lakh per match -- for the 11 outings he will miss following the verdict by IPL match referee and former Test stumper Farokh Engineer.
It must rank among the costliest-ever slaps in world history, and certainly a record-setting one in cricket!
The lone consolation, if it can be called so, is that the man who handed out the punishment also hailed him as the best-ever off-spinner India has produced.
One wonders what legendary predecessor Erapalli Prasanna, Engineer's one-time teammate and pal, would make of the statment, not to speak of another great who's among Harbhajan's staunchest critics -- Bishen Singh Bedi!