Harbhajan denies skipping Padma awards for ad shoot

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/h/harbhajan_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Rubbishing allegations that he skipped the Padma awards ceremony to shoot a commercial, Harbhajan said if this &quot;charge&quot; is proved he would quit cricke

Updated: April 15, 2009 14:46 IST
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Rubbishing allegations that he skipped the Padma awards ceremony to shoot a commercial, Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said if this "charge" is proved he would quit cricket.

"The allegation that I was in New Delhi or was shooting for an advertisement instead of attending the Padma award ceremony is completely false," Harbhajan, who has been honoured with Padmashri, said here on Wednesday.

"If anyone says that I was in Delhi and proves it, I will stop playing cricket," the offie said.

Indian captain M S Dhoni and Harbhajan are currently under fire as both skipped the Padma awards ceremony in the national capital on Tuesday.

"Anyone would like to be present and receive the award. Obviously, I felt bad for not being there. I had conveyed the same to the authorities," he said.

Harbhajan, who was here to launch his blog www.bhajji.bigadda.com, attributed his absence at the prestigious official ceremony to "family compulsion"

"People should understand the kind of sacrifice we make for our family and vice versa. It is our responsibility to spend some time with them."

Speaking in the national capital earlier in the day, he said, "there were a few family commitments, some serious things... that is why I could not go."

Harbhajan said representing India at the highest level was the biggest achievement for him.

"Playing for my country has given me name and fame. Without cricket I don't think I could have achieved anything else," he said.

Blogging, the feisty off-spinner said, will help him to interact with his 'fans and friends' directly.

"The blog will help me to clarify things about myself that usually does not reach people. Those who know very little about me can find out what else do I like apart from cricket," he said.

Harbhajan, who plays for Mumbai Indians in the IPL said dashing Indian opener Virender Sehwag had the potential to become the first Indian to score a century in the cash rich Twenty20 league.

"Veeru has chances of scoring a century. But I hope he does not score one against us," he said.

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