Last Update on: April 24th, 2020 at 10:23 am
In his illustrious career, Harbhajan Singh played against some of the greatest batsmen of the modern era. As far as he is concerned, he too is regarded one of the greatest spinners of this generation. During his career, the Indian legend faced the likes of Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Matthew Hayden, AB de Villiers, Kumar Sangakkara, Inzamam-ul-Haq and many more.
He enjoyed good success against them but was also made to work hard by the same batsmen. And recently, the India off-spinner named his toughest opponents when asked by former teammate Rohit Sharma in an Instagram live session on Thursday. Well, Harbhajan Singh did not have much difficulty in picking the batsmen he found it tough to bowl to.
Harbhajn named one each from South Africa and Australia, two from Pakistan and one from West Indies in his list of top five batsmen who troubled him the most. From South Africa, he named Jacques Kallis. Regarded as the greatest allrounder of this generation, Kallis has a good record against Harbhajan Singh. In fact, the off-spinner could not dismiss the former allrounder even once in Tests.
From Australia, he picked their former opener Matthew Hayden. Brian Lara was the third name in the list. The former West Indies batsman is regarded as one of the finest batsmen of all time. Lara retired from the game with 11,953 runs in Tests and 10,405 runs in ODIs.
From Pakistan, Harbhajan Singh picked Younis Khan and Inzamam-ul-Haq. Harbhajan Singh, in fact, said that Younis even made him feel like crying.
“Younis Khan troubled me a lot,” said Harbhajan Singh and when Rohit reminded of the Pakistan batsman sweeping him repeatedly, he said: “Yes, all the time, he made me feel crying.”
“Inzamam is also someone I found hard to dismiss. There are many but I would choose these five,” Harbhajan Singh said of the former Pakistan captain.