Former Indian spinner, Harbhajan Singh has been hogging a lot of the limelight ever since he has announced his retirement from all forms of the game last week. His contribution to Indian cricket shall be considered unforgettable. He ended his Test career with 417 Test wickets in 103 games. Harbhajan also bagged 25 five-wicket hauls and 5 ten-wicket hauls to his name.
Recently, during a chat with Sportskeeda, Harbhajan Singh named his all-time Test XI and he had picked just a couple of Indian players in it excluding MS Dhoni. He also named Muttiah Muralitharan the 12th man. Former the opening position, Harbhajan Singh picked his former teammate Virender Sehwag and England’s Alastair Cook as the openers of his all-time Test XI.
Former Indian spinner hailed Virender Sehwag for his attacking approach and labeled him Vivian Richards of his time. The former Indian off-spinner chose West Indies legend, Brian Lara, at No.3. On the other hand, India’s batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar follows at No.4.
Harbhajan Singh named Australia’s Steve Waugh at No. 5 and selected waugh as the captain of his all-time Test XI. Harbhajan picked Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara to don the gloves. Jacques Kallis who is acknowledged as one of the best all-rounders in the world of his playing days found his place in Harbhajan’s all-time Test XI.
On the other hand, Harbhajan picked Shane Warne as the lone spinner in his Test XI. However, he picked as many as three fast bowlers namely Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, and James Anderson. Pakistan has always been a nation that has produced world-class bowlers.
Harbhajan Singh labeled Wasim Akram as the best left-arm pacer the sport has seen. Meanwhile, Muttiah Muralitharan who took the most wickets in Test cricket (800) featured as the 12th man.
Harbhajan Singh all-time Test XI:
Alastair Cook, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Steve Waugh (c), Jacques Kallis, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, James Anderson