Harbhajan Singh has said it's 'India first' for him, speaking exclusively to Republic World over the controversy that was created over his tweet celebrating India's Chandrayaan-2 launch success.
'It's crazy to think it has anything to do with religion,' the World Cup-winner said about his 'Some countries have moons on their flag, India has a flag on the moon' tweet after ISRO successfully inserted the Lunar probe into Earth's orbit from which it will take a gravity-backed slingshot on its way to the Moon.
'I love my country, culture and respect all religions. I think they're beautiful,' the Turbanator added.
When asked about those who are criticising him and alleging communal/religious connotations to his tweet, Harbhajan, who is abroad, said that he is not concerned about what they think of him.
'They are nobody in my life and it doesn't matter what they think of me,' the CSK bowler said, adding, 'What matters is what they think of India. Are they proud Indians or not? I am a proud Indian.'
'For me, the nation is always first,' he concluded.
Earlier, the likes of Kavita Krishnan and Shehla Rashid has opposed Harbhajan Singh's Tweet:
Shehla Rashid has also backed a tweet criticising Harbhajan:
Harbhajan Singh has represented India in 103 test matches, 236 One-Day-Internationals and 28 T20 Internationals, taking a massive total of 711 wickets across all three.