Former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene on Tuesday stated that Shane Warne didn’t have the range that Muttiah Muralitharan did. Jayawardene additionally stated that Murali believed in grinding the batsmen down. “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 instructed Sanjay Manjrekar in a videocast hosted by ESPNCricinfo.
“Warne and Murali are two different personalities, Warney is a steady leg-spinner but he probably played much more with the tactical honours of you come and attack me, I will get you out, he probably knew that he did not have the variety that Murali had,” he added.
Muralitharan performed 133 Tests in his profession and ended up taking 800 wickets.
He is the best wicket-taker within the historical past of Test cricket and is adopted by Australia’s Shane Warne (708) and India’s Anil Kumble (619).
Muralitharan additionally performed 350 ODIs and 12 T20Is in his profession and picked up 534 and 13 wickets respectively.
During the interplay with Sanjay Manjrekar, Jayawardene additionally stated that the batting lineups today are superb and bowling lineups have a troublesome job on their palms.
“We are yet to see if the modern-day bowlers hit the numbers that their predecessors did. The present bowlers are probably up against better batting units. If they even do not hit the numbers like their predecessors, it does not mean they are bad bowlers,” Jayawardene stated.
“If you look at the top ten wicket-takers in modern-day cricket, all of them played during the first half of my career. There was Murali, Warne, McGrath, Kumble, Harbhajan, Akram, Waqar, and Saqlain. Their numbers speak for themselves,” he added.
The 43-year-old Jayawardene performed 149 Tests, 448 ODIs, and 55 T20Is for Sri Lanka.
The right-handed batsman scored 25,957 runs throughout all codecs of the sport.
Jayawardene known as time on his profession after the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
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