Harbhajan Singh, former Indian off-spinner, has hailed legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble as the greatest match-winner that India has ever produced.
Indian cricket has produced a plethora of legendary batsman which includes the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Gundappa Vishwanath, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma but ultimately it is the bowlers that win you Test matches and Anil Kumble played a huge role in it during the course of his 18-year-old career.
Harbhajan, who shot to fame during the 2001 Test series against Australia where he replaced the injured Kumble, hailed the former captain for the heart that he showed throughout his career.
“In my view, Anil bhai was the greatest ever who played for India. He’s probably the greatest match-winner India has ever produced. People used to say he didn’t spin the ball, but he showed that if you had the heart, you could get batsmen out regardless of whether the ball spun or not,” Harbhajan told Sportstar.
Harbhajan Singh hails Anil Kumble for his competitive spirit
Harbhajan hailed Anil Kumble for his competitive spirit, adding that he was lucky to play alongside him for a number of years.
“If anyone has half the competitiveness Anil bhai had, he would become a champion. I’m lucky to have played with him for so many years. He was an unbelievably committed player,” he said.
Kumble, who announced his retirement during the 2008 home series against Australia, is the third-highest wicket-taking  spinner of all times in Test cricket, behind the legendary duo of Muttiah Muralitharan  and Shane Warne .
Kumble also claimed 337 wickets in 50-over cricket and is still the highest wicket-taker for the Men in Blue in that format.