There is no hiding to the fact that Indian cricket has produced great players. Be it batsmen, spin bowlers, fast bowlers, Indian cricket has been blessed with best players. When it comes to Indian spin bowling department, it reminds us of two top-quality players, and they are none other than Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.
Anil Kumble has claimed 619 Test wickets in 132 Tests, and the next best spinner behind him is Harbhajan Singh who has by far taken 417 wickets in 103 Tests. The out-of-favour spinner who has played the most extended format of the game for more than a decade lost his spot due to stiff competition in the Indian cricket team.
Harbhajan could have easily bagged 700 Test scalps: Saqlain Mushtaq
Meanwhile, former Pakistan spin wizard Saqlain Mushtaq thinks that Harbhajan Singh was destined for more with the kind of calibre and talent he possesses.
Speaking to news agency PTI, Saqlain stated, “In fact, I was surprised when a great like Bhajji was dropped. Both Ashwin and Bhajji have different styles and could have easily played together in the playing eleven. If two right-hand pacers can play regularly, why not spinners? Such was Bhajji’s class that he could have easily taken 700 Test wickets.”
Harbhajan Singh played a pivotal role for India:
Harbhajan Singh is still India’s third-highest wicket-taker (13th overall) in red-ball cricket. Needless to say, he was last seen playing a Test match in the year 2015. The experienced campaigner was the first from India to claim a Test hat-trick in 2001.
He was an incredible weapon for the team across formats and was well known for his accuracy but saw his cricketing career decline with the emergence of premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Saqlain further spoke about India’s current bunch of spinners – Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav.
According to Saqlain, Kuldeep Yadav has been quite impressive while Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been doing well consistently. Saqlain didn’t shy away from calling the two Ravi’s as ‘world-class bowlers’.