10. Controversy surrounding Harbhajan
In the second test match between Australia and India, a rather infamous incident of Harbhajan passing racist comments on Andrew Symonds took place. Even though Ricky Ponting and Mathew Hayden were witnesses of that incident and Harbhajan was suspended for three matches, his punishment was reduced to a fine when Tendulkar came to his rescue. It is said that the player gave two different statements regarding the incident and for this same reason Tendulkar also earned the hate of Australians. Gilchrist also had written about this incident in his book, “True Colors”.