Bangalore:They were bitter rivals in the Sydney racial row three years ago but Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds will play for the same team in IPL IV after Mumbai Indians bought the former Australian all-rounder in the players' auction here on Saturday.
After already retaining temperamental off-spinner Harbhajan for the fourth season of the Twenty20 league starting April 8, Mumbai Indians today bought Symonds for USD 850,000.
Harbhajan and Symonds were involved in the "Monkeygate" incident in 2008 when India made a Test tour of Australia but today's signing means the two volatile players will share the same dressing room in IPL IV.
Symonds had then accused Harbhajan of calling him a "monkey" which led to International Cricket Council banning the Indian off-spinner for three matches which was later overturned after an appeal.
The ICC's move did not go down well with Symonds, who is dubbed as the bad boy of Australian cricket for his drinking binges. The incident also led to bad blood between the players of both the teams.
Symonds played for the Deccan Chargers in the first three editions of the IPL and was also part of the team that won the title in 2009.
Harbhajan, on the other hand, have been representing Mumbai Indians under Sachin Tendulkar's captaincy since the league's inaugural edition in 2008.