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Ravichandran Ashwin is a class bowler: Muttaih Muralitharan

Muralitharan, who retired with a world record 800 Test wickets, said the current Indian spin department is better than Sri Lanka. “ India have got very good spinners and well-blanced bowling attack. And unlike us (Lanka), they have a set of players who are playing together for a long time too,” Murali said.

He missed Ashwin brilliant show in the first day of the Test where Indian spinner took 6 for 46 in the first innings. Murali is not surprised with Aswin’s bowling figures. “He is a class bowler and got a lot of assistance from the pitch,” Murali stated.

Former Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan feels India have an advantage over Sri Lanka in the ongoing Test series between the two sides as the latter is in a transitional phase.

Former Sri Lankan spinn great Muttaih Muralitharan feels the current Sri Lankan team will take two years to reach their potential as it is going through the transition phase since a few great players retired recently. As a result India have advantage over Sri Lanka in this series.

Muralitharan is now in Kolkata being a spinn coach to the CAB’s Vision programme he is training young lads of Bengal at the Pankaj Gupta Indoor training facility on Thursday.

“They’re (the SL team) going through a transition phase. We have some new faces but it will take at least one or two years to rebuild the team. So, it’s ‘Advantage India’ at the moment,” he said after a session with Bengal players on Thursday. “Quite a few great Sri Lankan players retired recently. As a result, we are struggling now,” he stated.

Murali has all praise for his former teammate Kumar Sangakkara who is set to bid adieu cricket after the second Test of the series against India in Collombo. “”He has been a phenomenal player for Sri Lanka and had won a lot of matches for the country. It’s sad that he’s retiring but this day comes in every player’s life. I think he chose the right time,” Murali stated.

Asked which is the best Sangakkara innings, the legendry off spinner said the wickekeeper-batsman’s 230 against Pakistan in the final of the Asian Test Championship in Lahore in 2002.

 

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