Harbhajan Singh 1, Grand Inquisitor 0

Australian players didn't play enough balls on the field or show enough off it. They let down not only their countrymen but also fans in India who have grown up admiring the Australian Way: tough, spirited, and overflowing with self-confidence.

updated: March 25, 2013 11:50 IST
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I owe Harbhajan Singh an apology – and I hereby make one. When the offspinner said before the start of the Australia series that India would win 4-0, I jumped on the high horse, which I keep in my study for just such an occasion, and dismissed him as the rattler-in-chief of the Indian team, shooting his mouth off and displaying greater jingoism than common sense.

India had never won four Tests in a series before, I said, and was unlikely to do so now after twice losing all four Tests in series in England and Australia and then losing a home series to England for the first time in 28 years.

And so I went on, rather like Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor, my logic impeccable, my arguments based on recent record and irrefutable a few weeks ago. Rather like in the novel – although I wouldn't bet on Harbhajan having read 'Brothers Karamazov' – Harbhajan might say today, "Your arguments were powerful, but my love (for an Indian whitewash) was greater."

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