Tough for Indian cricketers to retire like Graeme Swann, says Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh termed Graeme Swann as a match winner for England and said that he should have achieved a lot more at the international level and could have played for a few more years.

updated: December 23, 2013 20:28 IST
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New Delhi: Graeme Swann's sudden decision to retire might have taken everyone by surprise but spinner Harbhajan Singh feels that for an Indian cricketer, the decision to quit doesn't happen overnight as the pressures and demands are much higher in this cricket-crazy country. (Boycott, Vaughan salute 'brave' Swann)

"I don't know what were the conditions that prompted Swannn to take such a huge decision but it doesn't happen like that for an Indian cricketer. I am not comparing the pressures and rigours but if any Indian cricketer takes such a decision, he will be under intense media scrutiny which at times can get very difficult," Harbhajan told PTI on the sidelines of Punjab's Ranji Trophy game in New Delhi on Monday. (Swann jumped before he was pushed: Aus media)

Harbhajan, who is a veteran of 101 Test matches, has had a roller-coaster ride in his 15-year-international career. "In India, it is difficult for a cricketer to show that he is under some kind of stress. Here, you can only retire when you don't want to play anymore or the motivation is lacking. Having said that, I believe a quality bowler like Swann could have played for a few more years," the 33-year-old spinner said.(Swann fires parting shots at England teammates?)

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