Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has recalled the struggle he had to go through while bowling to Pakistan’s legendary batsman Younis Khan.
During an Instagram live session with Indian batsman Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan named the five batsmen who troubled him the most in international cricket, which also included two former Pakistan cricketers.
“I found Jacques Kallis very difficult to bowl at in Test cricket. Then, I would say Mathew Hayden and number three would be Brian Lara,” said Harbhajan.
“Younis Khan troubled me a lot. He used to sweep me all the time and used to make me cry. Inzamam is also someone I found hard to dismiss.”
Sharma then asked Harbhajan to pick his five favourite off-spinners of all time, which consequently led to the latter praising, inventor of Doosra, Saqlain Mushtaq.
“My favourite off-spinner right now is Nathan Lyon, so he would be there. I loved watching Graeme Swann because of his consistent length. [Muttiah] Muralitharan would be number one on the list,” he said.
“Also, Saqlain was a world-class bowler and a match-winner. No one could pick his doosra at that time. He was someone who used to bowl between the 45th and 50th over and win the match for his team by picking one or two crucial wickets.”
“Then our [Ravichandran] Ashwin would be there. There is not a better spinner than him in India right now,” he concluded.
Commenting on MS Dhoni’s future with the national side, 2011 World Cup-winning cricketer Harbhajan Singh felt that he feels the former does not want to play for India again.
“He wants to play IPL 100 percent. But one needs to know his take on whether he wants to play for India anymore or not. I think he doesn’t want to play for India again. He has played so much for India
As far as I know him, he doesn’t want to wear the blue jersey again. He decided that India’s last match in the World Cup was his last. A few people have also told me that this is the case,” Harbhajan said