Graeme Swann names the toughest batsman he bowled to in his career
Graeme Swann is widely regarded to be one of the best spinners England have produced in the modern era, someone who was world class and can go one-on-one with the Asian tweakers as well on any pitch. He had success in India, Sri Lanka and even in Australia and was one of the reasons during England’s rise in rankings during the early 2010s.
Swann retired despite being on top of his game and during the 2013/14 Ashes after Perth Test. He had made his ODI debut in 2000 and Test debut came in 2008. In his career, he played 60 Tests, 79 ODIs and 39 T20Is for England and more often than not made an impact in the game. He finished with 255 Test, 104 ODI and 51 T20I wickets to his name and his retirement was one of the talked about things in the world of cricket.
Indian batsmen are not good players of spin
Recently in the 25 Questions video segment with ESPNCricinfo, Graeme Swann was asked about various questions regarding his teammates and his career itself. One of the questions was whether the Indian batsmen were good players of spin or not and Swann immediately replied in negative. He further explained that no country has a batsman with perfect technique against spin.
Moreover, he also revealed that the Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan is his favourite. Swann though admitted that he never saw much Bollywood films and only knew of Shah Rukh Khan because he had met him sometimes and he was everywhere in India, on all the billboards.
One of the most interesting questions was who is the toughest batsman he has ever bowled to and the former England cricketer answered without missing a heartbeat as South Africa’s Jacques Kallis. The Proteas legend had a brilliant career with 13289 runs in 166 Tests, 11579 runs in 328 ODIs and 666 runs in 25 T20Is in a career that lasted from 1995-2014. Swann said that Kallis was excellent against spinners and was very hard to bowl to and was terrific on any surface against any kind of spin.