Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden thinks that while Ravichandran Ashwin has a fantastic record, Harbhajan Singh was the more attacking bowler as he has led pace support.
Ashwin recently broke Dennis Lillee’s record and became the fastest bowler to 300 wickets, in 54 Test matches.
While praising Ashwin, Hayden added, “I think stats often lie but having said that, some of the milestone show remarkable respect to Ravichandran Ashwin, who is fastest to 300 wickets in Test cricket. Even if he plays for another five years, he would be remembered as one of the greats of his generation. His skill-set, like Harbhajan, is masterful but he is probably not as attacking off-spinner as Harbhajan was,” Hayden told PTI during an exclusive interview.
He went on to add, “But then Ashwin doesn’t really need to be as attacking as Bhajji. His role within this side is well-defined by a slightly better fast bowling attack than what my generation was facing. You line-up Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and put Jasprit Bumrah into the mix with Jadeja as the second spinner as well. So Ashwin is playing his role and doing it successfully.”
--By A Cricket Correspondent