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Harbhajan Singh played cricket like the Australians: Steve Waugh

By Bet Barter

January 14, 2021

Former Australian captain Steve Waugh glorified Harbhajan Singh by stating that the spinner played cricket just like the Aussie way. The veteran also agreed that playing against Harbhajan was like facing the Australians themselves. His bowling always used to create problems for the men in yellow.

The 55-year-old faced Harbhajan Singh for the first time in the 2001 Test series in India. The Australian team had won 16 matches in a row. Unfortunately, their winning run came to an abrupt end when Harbhajan Singh picked up 13 wickets against the Aussies.

India's legendary spinner Harbhajan Singh is as one of the best-ever spinners in the world. He has picked up 417 Test wickets.  The spinner has usually performed his best against the Australian team. Harbhajan has scalped 95 Test wickets against the team. Steve Waugh also highlighted why Harbhajan Singh dominated the Australians. He admitted that his bounce bamboozled them.

Steve Waugh affirms that the spinner was the difference in 2001

In the 2001 India vs Australia Test series, the 40-year-old was the bowler who made a difference and helped India win the series. It is one of the memorable victories for the side because of a variety of reasons. The series is widely regarded as one of India's famous Test series wins as the Indian team made a roaring comeback to win the series 2-1.

It was Harbhajan Singh who has announced the Player of the Series during the Tests. The off-spinner scalped 32 wickets at an average of 17.03 as the hosts failed to read him. Fans will also remember the win for the famous Test hat-trick. Harbhajan dismissed Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, and Shane Warne during the 2001 Kolkata Test to achieve the record. Surprisingly, the rest of the Indian bowling unit managed to take 17 wickets in that series. Steve Waugh recalled the series and stated that Australia would have won the series easily if the young spinner hadn't performed that way.

The former Australian captain Steve Waugh led the Australian team to fifteen of their record sixteen consecutive Test wins. He was also showing the side when Australia won the 1999 Cricket World Cup. To date, Steve Waugh is considered the most successful Test captain in the game's history with 41 victories. His has a winning ratio of 72%. The former batsman is also one of only twelve cricketers to have scored more than 10,000 Test runs.

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