Australia landed in India earlier this week in preparation for the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which starts on February 9. It was discovered that Australia is practicing with Maheesh Pithiya, an “Ashwin lookalike,” to be ready for the Test series. Pithiya’s bowling motion is very similar to that of India’s best off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin, who has a stellar home record against the Australian team.

Ashwin has 50 wickets to his name in eight home Test matches against Australia, including five five-wicket hauls. Wasim Jaffer, a former India opener, responded angrily to reports that Australia was preparing expressly for Ashwin. He said that Ashwin already had Australia’s attention as they prepared for the four-match series.

Five days before the first test, Jaffer said that “@ashwinravi99 is already inside Australia’s skull,” on his official Twitter page.

Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who is presently the nation’s fourth-highest wicket-taker in the longest version of the game, responded to Jaffer’s tweet with a cryptic statement. Singh is largely considered one of India’s top spinners. He said, “This is the major thing they have in their brain,” along with a photo of a pitch that had cracked in many places.

Twitter users, however, think that Harbhajan is disparaging Ashwin with the statement and denying that Australia is prepared especially for the 36-year-old off-spinner.

The response to Harbhajan’s tweet was enthusiastic. Here are a few responses:

In 103 Test matches, Harbhajan represented India and became the first bowler from that nation to record a Test hat-trick. His last game in the longest format was in 2015, after which he was dropped from the team due to erratic play. In December 2021, the off-spinner officially declared his departure from the sport.

Ashwin, meanwhile, is currently the second-highest wicket-taker for India in Tests, with 449 dismissals to his name in 88 matches. For India in Test cricket, Anil Kumble currently holds the record with the most wickets (619 in 132 Tests).