'Sachin and I played 122 Test matches together; I never threatened his place in the team as a batsman. But I can tell you he sometimes threatened mine as a bowler— he was such a natural as a leg spinner!'
'There was no talk of BCCI telling any player to retire. I don't think any player needs to be told about when to retire. It is all false. Nobody told me when to retire. Sourav took his decision, I took my own decision, there was no pressure'
'...and I did not want my team to suffer because of this. Anyway I'd decided that this will be my last series. So I decided last night that I should quit ... I said I can't take it anymore. I was not satisfied with the level of commitment I was giv
'I am really happy with the way our bowling unit is shaping up and I am confident that our batters will also come to the party,' says the Indian captain, who is furious at the intense media scrutiny and being judged too harshly.
Captain Cool is the first Indian and the third in the world to reach 600 wickets: "Not many people thought I would be able to do this, but I knew I was capable," says he, feeling relaxed after proving his critics wrong. As usual.
After his "withering condemnation of the excessive conduct" of the Australian team earns him all-round praise, the Indian captain reiterates, "whatever people believe the word was said, he [Harbhajan] didn't say it."