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Former Sri Lanka Captain Mahela Jayawardene Has Said That Shane Warne Did Not Have The Variety Of Muttiah Muralitharan

July 1, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

While illuminating the bowling styles of Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne; ex Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene has chatted and opined that Warne didn’t have the variety of Muralitharan.  Muralitharan and Warne are the bowlers of the same era.

Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan were two spinners who overwhelmed the cricketing scene; through the 1990s and the principal decade of the 2000s. These two international bowlers were incredible types, who could perform spin bowling. And they had a sharp cricketing mind. This helped them to think of how to dismiss the cricketers from the rival team.

While Warne is viewed as the best leg-spinner ever, Murali takes the cake among offies. The two men completed their individual professions with a bagful of global wickets. The Island cricketer and bowler completed his career with dismissing 800 batsmen in 133 Tests. This has been a world record for him.

Warne is second in the rundown with 708 wickets. The two men have additionally delegated title holders in the 50-over arrangement and had similarly fruitful ODI professions.

Talking about the couple, ex Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene has stated that Warne cannot come close to his fellow cricketer Muralitharan in any situation.

No doubt Murali was a champion bowler

“Murali was a champion bowler, he went about his game differently to others. Warne did not have the variety that Murali did. Murali knew what he was doing and believed in grinding a batsman down. If he had to wait for ten overs to get a batsman out, he will do that,” Jayawardene told Sanjay Manjrekar in a videocast.

Jayawardene stated Warne and Murali being two different characters. Warne is a leg-spinner with lots of consistency. Although, he probably had played in a much more tactical way than any other bowler of international cricket. On the other hand, Warne knew that the bowling style of Murali is not like him.

Jayawardene, who played two consecutive ICC World Cup finals in 2007 and 2011. And furthermore won the 2014 ICC WT20. He said that bowlers of this age probably won’t have the option to contact the quantities of Murali and Warne as they are facing better batsmen.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth