"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 said.
     
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 Swann could have played for a few more years," the 33-year-old spinner said.
     
Harbhajan termed Swann as a real match-winner for England who should have achieved more international success than 255 wickets from 60 Test matches.
     
"Look, he has helped England win a Test series in India. For a spinner outside the sub-continent, it is a big achievement. He has had success during the last Ashes series in England also. Whatever little I watched during the current Test matches, I don't think he bowled badly," Harbhajan explained.

(Agencies)

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