Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne
Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne. Image Credits: Twitter

Legendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has made a big claim that had he not played a few extra years than the legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne, the leg-spinner would have finished with more wickets.

Shane Warne recently passed away due to a heart attack in Thailand, at the age of 52. He was found unresponsive by his friends at the villa on the island of Koh Samui.

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RIP Shane Warne
RIP Shane Warne.

Meanwhile, Warne made his debut in 1992 for Australia and went on to pick 708 wickets in 145 Tests and Muralitharan bagged 800 wickets in 133 Tests. The above-mentioned bowlers are the only two bowlers in history to bag 700+ Test wickets.

While talking about Warne, the legendary Sri Lankan spinner said that he enjoyed the battle with the Australian great.

Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka, Test Cricket
Muttiah Muralitharan (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I was two or three years younger than him, so I was always going to play a little bit longer. and I always had that advantage. If he’d have played the same as me for both our careers, he would have got more wickets than me. I enjoyed that battle; our performance goes up because we’re thinking that ‘we want to beat his record,” said Muralitharan. 

What he has done for spin bowling is more than anyone – Muttiah Muralitharan on former Australia leg-spinner

Shane Warne
Shane Warne (Image Credit: Twitter)

Muralitharan further added that he was shocked to hear the news of the sudden demise of his good friend and legendary player Warne. He also said that what Warne has done for spin bowling is more than anyone else and his demise is a big loss for the whole cricket fraternity.

“It’s shocking. I don’t know what to say. He’s a good friend and also a legendary cricketer. What he has done for spin bowling is more than anyone. He will be remembered as one of the greats in history. It’s not the age to die. He was fit whenever I saw him. It’s sad for the whole cricket fraternity. It’s a big, big loss for the cricketing fraternity,” Muralitharan told India Today.

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