Bengaluru: Veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has revealed who is the best off-spinner in the world as he made the choice between Ravichandran Ashwin and Nathan Lyon. Also, Harbhajan sent a strong message to those who felt he was “jealous” of Ashwin.

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Harbhajan and Ashwin were in conversation in a live session on Instagram on Monday (May 4). The duo spoke about various things and towards the end of the session, Harbhajan named the best off-spinner in the world.

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“Please look after yourself. India needs you for many years to come. You need to look after yourself to break many records going forward,” the 39-year-old Harbhajan told Ashwin as he began to bid adieu to the live session.

He continued, “A lot of people think I am jealous (of you), I am this and that... To all those people, they can think whatever they want to.” As he was speaking Ashwin gestured with a double thumbs down.

Talking about both Ashwin and Australia’s off-spinner Lyon, Harbhajan anointed the Tamil Nadu tweaker as the best off-spinner in world.

“All I want to say is you are the best off-spinner (in the world) who is presently playing the game. Of course, I like Nathan Lyon as well, don't get me wrong. I always put him up there because he plays in Australia; it is a very tough place to bowl. You know that, you have been there. You are one of those, legends in the making. You are making the country proud. I wish you lots and lots of wickets going forward,” Harbhajan signed off.

In 71 Tests, the 33-year-old Ashwin has taken 365 wickets. He is India’s No. 1 spinner in the five-day format. However, he has been ignored for the limited-overs formats.

Australia’s Lyon has played 96 Tests and has bagged 390 wickets. The 32-year-old made his Test debut in 2011. He is Australia’s No. 1 spinner in the longer version of the game.