Mumbai:Feisty Mumbai Indians spinner Harbhajan Singh was on Monday fined USD 15,000 for swearing at Deccan Chargers batsman Tirumalasetti Suman in last night's Indian Premier League match at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
It was in the 11th over of the Deccan Chargers innings when Suman was foxed by a Harbhajan full toss when he lobbed it back to the off-spinner.
A pumped-up Harbhajan took the catch to complete the dismissal before giving a piece of his mind to the departing batsman to invite trouble.
"Harbhajan pleaded guilty to a Level 1 offence (Article 2.1.4), which relates to 'excessively audible or repetitious swearing'," the IPL management said in a statement.
"As a result, Match Referee Gundappa Viswanath imposed a penalty of USD 15,000," the statement added.
For Level 1 breaches of the IPL Code of Conduct, the Match Referee's decision is final and binding.
Harbhajan's latest discretion, however, pales in comparison to his violent outburst in the inaugural edition of the IPL when he had slapped Kings XI Punjab pacer S Sreesanth to incur fine and ban from the remainder of the Twenty20 league.
The fine notwithstanding, it was a memorable outing for Harbhajan who blasted an 18-ball 49 and then returned to claim three for 31.
His all-round performance was enough to win the Man of the Match award.