Kumble Probably India’s Greatest Match-Winner: Harbhajan

Harbhajan Singh has said Anil Kumble is the greatest match-winner India has ever produced.

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Harbhajan and Anil Kumble during India’s Test series against Sri Lanka in December 2005. 

Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh said that former India captain and spin great Anil Kumble is the greatest to have ever played for India. Harbhajan played a large part of his Test career with Kumble, including when the latter was captain from November 2007 till his retirement a year later.

“In my view, Anil bhai was the greatest ever who played for India,” Harbhajan told Sportstar.

"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."

"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.

Anil Kumble was Dhoni’s predecessor as captain of the Indian Test team.
Anil Kumble was Dhoni’s predecessor as captain of the Indian Test team.
(Photo: AP)

Although he was not a big turner of the ball, Kumble remains one of the most successful bowlers of all time. His tally of 619 wickets puts him only behind Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan in the list of all time highest Test wicket takers. He picked up 337 wickets in 271 ODIs and remains India's highest wicket taker in Tests and ODIs.

He is only the second bowler after Jim Laker to take 10 wickets in a Test innings and the only player to have done so and scored a century in the longest format of the game.

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