Graeme Swann in undoubtedly one of the finest spinners to have played for England. At a time when England was struggling to find a quality spinner, the former spinner took the world by storm. He played an integral role in England’s domination in Test cricket towards the start of this decade. Swann played an important role in England’s historic triumphs in Australia and India in addition to numerous thumping wins at home.
He brought down curtains on his career during the 2013/14 Ashes which England lost 5-0. Having made his debut in 2008, Swann played 60 Tests, 79 ODIs and 39 T20Is. He finished his career with with 255 Test, 104 ODI and 51 T20I wickets to his name. Recently, the England legend opened up about his career while playing a Question-Answer game with ESPNCricinfo.
He was asked a total of 25 questions. One of the questions was whether the Indian batsmen were good players of spin or not. Surprisingly, Swann said that the Indians are not good players of spin before explaining that no country has a batsman with perfect technique against spin. Not only that, Swann sprung another surprise by saying that Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan is his favourite.
Another interesting question was the toughest batsmen he had bowled to during his illustrious career. And Swann named legendary South African Jacques Kallis as his toughest opponent. Kallis will go down in history as one of the finest ever players of all time.
Regarded as one of the greatest allrounders of all time if not the greatest, Kallis represented South Africa in 166 Tests, 328 ODIs and 25 T20Is. He scored a staggering 13,289 runs in Tests, 11,579 in ODIs and further 666 runs in Tests. Swann said that Kallis was excellent against spinners and was very hard to bowl to. The England star also said that Kallis was brilliant against spinners irrespective of conditions and surface.