Australia’s legendary cricketer Adam Gilchrist described Harbhajan Singh as the toughest opponent. He said that the off-spinner of India and Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka were the two toughest bowlers in his international career. Recalling the achievements and memorable moments of his illustrious career, Gilchrist recounted the 2001 India tour in which Harbhajan showed his class of bowling.
He told in ‘The Unplayable Podcast’ in cricket.com.au, “Harbhajan was the toughest opponent in my entire career,” Murali and Harbhajan were the two bowlers who were hard to play.
India had stopped Australia’s 15-match winning streak in the 2001 series. Australia won the first Test by ten wickets, but after that Harbhajan’s bowling helped India win both the Tests. Gilchrist said, “We had lost 99 runs for five wickets. I went to bat and scored a century in 80 balls. We won within three days.
Harbhajan took 32 wickets in three matches including India’s first Test hat-trick at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in the second Test. Gilchrist said, “I thought that was very easy, but I was wrong.” In the next Test itself, we faced reality. Harbhajan pushed the ground under our feet. ‘