Sri Lanka’s great spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has named the current batsman against whom he would not like to bowl. He has named Indian team captain Virat Kohli here. Muralitharan holds the world record for most wickets in Tests and ODIs. Muralitharan and Virat, who are the highest wicket takers in international cricket, have played against each other many times in international cricket.
At present, Virat is counted among the best batsmen in the world and he also plays better against spinners. Talking to ‘ESPN Cricinfo’ about Kohli, Muralitharan said, ‘I have played in the 2011 World Cup and IPL in front of Kohli. He plays spin well and with a straight bat. Muralitharan had also revealed the names of the players against whom he was afraid to bowl. Here he named former Indian team explosive opener Virender Sehwag and West Indies great captain Brian Lara.
Here Muralitharan praised Sehwag’s batting fiercely. He had said, ‘Sehwag was extremely dangerous. For him, we kept fielders near the boundary line because we knew he would see the opportunity to play long shots. He knew that when he had his day, he could attack anyone. Then what would we do with defensive fielding?
Let us inform that Muralitharan started his international career in 1992 against Australia and played the last match against India. The bowler, who has taken 800 wickets in Test cricket and 534 wickets in ODIs, has the same stature in the bowling as Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. By the time of retirement, Muralitharan had reached the figure of 534 wickets in ODI cricket. Like in ODIs, Muralitharan also holds the world record for taking 800 wickets in Test cricket. In this way, when Muralitharan left international cricket, he had made an incredible record of taking a total of 1347 wickets in Test, ODI and T20 together.