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I dunno if he is necessarily better but it certainly is no laughing matter. There is a case. 400+ wickets at an average similar to Swann's, had an epic series against the greatest side to step foot on the planet whilst Swann came nowhere close to doing that against far weaker Aussie sides(outbowled by Hauritz and Lyon!). Not a watertight case in Harbhajan's favour but whoever thinks it's clear-cut is deluded.
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One aspect of his career where Swann might look back on with a bit of regret is his batting. I don't think he really did himself justice, should never have been batting below Broad.
Obviously he was a better at home but that,s only to be expected given the nature of Indian wickets relative to those of other countries.
Harbhajan was probably the better bowler against the better batting lineups. Swan for all his lofty status doesn't average under 30 against any of Australia, South Africa or India. Even his strong last series against India came against an Indian side sans laxman and Dravid and where Sehwag and tendulkar were clearly on he wane. Harby averaged under 30 against Australia and South Africa and there's no doubt he faced far better Aussie batting lineups than swann did.
Harbhajan also played 40 tests more than swann - that is a pretty significant difference that also needs to be factored in if you're looking at overall stats. Swans career trajectory certainly suggests his numbers would have worsened had he played more tests.
I don't think swann is that much superior to harbhajan if at all - certainly think you can mount a case for harbhajan being the better bowler. Truth is Harbhajan is actually seriously underrated as a test match bowler - 400 test wickets for a finger spinner in the covered wickets era is no joke.
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