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 in his Test career with Kumble, including when the latter was captain from November 2007 till his retirement a year later.Also Read - Harbhajan Singh Wants Team India to Have Confidence on Kudeep Yadav For West Indies Series, Says He Can Deliver The Goods
“In my view, Anil bhai was the greatest ever who played for India,” Harbhajan told Sportstar. Also Read - Ind vs WI: Ravi Bishnoi Recalls Anil Kumble's Advise to Him After Getting Maiden National Call
“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.” Also Read - Harbhajan Singh Responds to Ravi Shastri's Remark on Virat Kohli, Says We Indians Would've Been Proud of it
“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.
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.
(With agency inputs)