Former Pakistani bowler Mushtaq Ahmed has named the spinner as having one of the best bowling minds.
England bowling coach and former Pakistan spinning maestro, Mustaq Ahmed, has called Graeme Swann one of the most intelligent bowlers in the world.
Mushtaq is currently in the Indian capital coaching IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils, but despite working and playing alongside some of the best bowlers to grace the game, the Pakistani has singled out Swann for special praise.
“Graeme Swann is one of the most intelligent bowlers that I have ever worked with,” the 43-year-old told NDTV Sports.
“You tell him something and he has an amazing grasping power.”
The bowling coach worked closely with Swann when he and Monty Panesar tore through India’s batting line-up during England’s successful tour of the sub-continent last year – when the Three Lions won the four-match Test series 2-1.
Mushtaq was quite the spin bowling genius himself when he played the game, taking nearly 350 international wickets during a 14 year career in the Pakistan five-day and ODI sides.
The spinner was instrumental in his country’s one and only World Cup win in 1994, when Imran Khan lifted the trophy for the Pakistanis after Mushtaq had claimed the wicket of England’s Graham Hick in the final.
The spin bowler has had a strong connection with the English throughout his playing and coaching career.
As well as beating the Three Lions and then guiding them to Test glory, he also became the first bowler for five years in 2003 to take over 100 wickets in a County Championship season.