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Neither Muralitharan nor Harbhajan, Gautam Gambhir picks this ex-Pakistan wizard as greatest off-spinner | Cricket News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan, India’s Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin and Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal are some of the greatest off-spinners to have ever played the game of cricket but former India opener Gautam Gambhir feels legendary spin wizard Saqlain Mushtaq was a class apart and according to the former India opener Pakistani is the greatest off-spinner.
Gambhir, who over a 13-year-long international career came across many spin maestros, said that the way Mushtaq’s deliveries came off-the-wicket, it made life very difficult for the batters.
Pointing out that Mushtaq was the one who introduced ‘doosra’ to the world, Gambhir said the Pakistan spinner was something different at his peak.
“Mera maanna hai Saqlain Mushtaq se behtar off spinner nahi huye. Maine Muralitharan ko bahut khela hai, maine Saeed Ajmal bhi khela hai, maine Harbhajan Singh aur Ashwin bhi, lekin Saqlain Mushtaq apni peak par was different. Jaise Saqlain Mushtaq ka ball off the wicket nikalta tha, aur doosra agar kisi ne introduce kiya hai toh vo Saqlain Mushtaq.(I think nobody was better than Saqlain Mushtaq. I played Muralitharan a lot and batted against Saeed Ajmal, Harbhajan Singh, and Ashwin as well, but at his peak, Mushtaq was different. He was the one who introduced Doosra),” said Gautam Gambhir on a Star Sports show.
“Us time par kitne aise off spinners the jo last 10 overs mein bowling kar sakte the. Log kehte the ki main spin achi khelta hoon lekin main Saqlain Mushtaq ko England ke tour par gaye the toh Saqlain Mushtaq ko khela. Us time vo bilkul unfit the par tab bhi unke hath se jaisa ball nikal raha tha, mera maanna hai ki peak par Saqlain Mushtaq se bada off spinner mujhe nahi lagta ki world cricket mein koi hua hai. (How many spinners were there at that time who used to bowl in the last 10 overs? People say that I play spin bowling well, but when I went on the England tour and played Saqlain Mushtaq, At that time, he was totally unfit, but still, the way the ball was coming out of his hand, I don’t think there was any better off spinner than him at his peak),” he added.
In the 49 Tests that Mushtaq represented Pakistan, he picked up 208 wickets. In the ODIs, the legend had 288 wickets in 169 games.

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