‘Australia used to hold their ears upon hearing Harbhajan Singh’s name’
Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has shared many cricketing stories with Suresh Raina in an Instagram live session recently on Saturday night where he says that Australia were used to fear off-spinner Harbhajan Singh the most.
“Bhajju paa (Harbhajan) was one of the legends of the game, name me a better off-spinner than him in world cricket, correspondence should’ve been exceptional with him as well. He’s a legend, played 100 test matches,”
“He’s (Harbhajan) a warrior, won us matches in Australia. Australians constantly used to say avoid Harbhajan Singh,” Raina included with the words of Pathan.
“They used to hold their ears upon hearing Harbhajan Singh’s name,” added Irfan, the hero of India’s Test win Australia after almost 5 years in 2008.
Harbhajan has a great record against Australia taking 95 wickets in just 18 matches at the average of 29.95. He’s the first Indian player to take a hat-trick against the Kangaroos in 2001. He’s still country’s best off-spinner with 417 wickets in 103 Tests.
Recently, in an Instagram live with Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan shares his story of dismissing former Australia captain Ricky Ponting so easily in Tests. “I think Ricky Ponting used to get out just by looking at my face. I didn’t have to bowl at him. At the point when he came to play for Mumbai Indians, I figured he would improve in the wake of playing me in the nets. In any case, even there I got him out 5-6 times,” Harbhajan said.