Harbhajan Singh names Pakistani spinner as one of favourites


New Delhi: Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Friday named his favourite spinners of all time and the list of three included compatriot and former leg-spinner Anil Kumble, Australia leg-spin legend Shane Warne and the Pakistan spin legend Saqlain Mushtaq – an off-spinner like the Indian himself.

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Harbhajan was talking to his fans on Facebook when he made this comment. The 36-year-old is recently in India and was blessed with a baby girl, Hinaya Heer, in July this year. He termed his first-born as the greatest happiness in his life.

“It’s the greatest happiness in life,” said Harbhajan. “It’s bigger than all my cricketing achievements. Of course, I am proud of what I have achieved as a cricketer. I have taken so many wickets for India and won the World Cup, but being a father is an even more beautiful feeling. It changes you as a person,” he added.
The right-arm off-spinner believes family always comes first, even before cricket.

“In fact, family always comes first,” he said. Family is everything for me. Cricket, of course, is important. It has given me recognition. But if I wasn’t born, I would not have played cricket. That’s why family always comes first for me!” Harbhajan then heaped praise on Indian Test captain Virat Kohli calling him the future leader in ODIs as well.

“Virat is a fantastic player for India,” he said. “He is like my brother. I think he will take India to the next level. He is doing so well in Test cricket as captain, but I think he is also going to lead India in ODIs in future.”

He then compared Kohli to Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar and said the former is his current favourite now. “In fact, I have always said that Sachin Tendulkar is my all-time favourite cricketer. And now my current favourite is Kohli. He is a really fantastic player,” he said.

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