Former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara continued to heap praises on the record-breaking spin bowler and former teammate, Muttiah Muralitharan. Earlier, the flamboyant left-handed batsman revealed that Murali deserved to reach 800 wickets and he wasn’t going to let him retire without doing it. As per the latest happenings, Kumar Sangakkara has lauded Muralitharan thoroughly.
The prolific former Sri Lankan run-getter indulged in interaction with former Zimbabwean cricketer, Pommie Mbangwa. When asked by Pommie, the best bowlers he faced, he took the name of two legends. However, amid that, the 42-year old ended up appreciating the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket.
The 134-Test veteran feels fortunate not to have faced Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas, having deemed the former as the best spinner to play the sport. Muttiah Muralitharan took a total of 1347 international wickets with 800 of them coming in 133 Test matches. The 350 ODIs produced 534 scalps while 12 T20I fixtures cultivated 13.
“I, Of course, had the luxury of not facing Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas in international cricket, having kept to Murali, I will always say he is the best spinner to ever play the game.” the keeper-batsman said as quoted by ANI News.com
Kumar Sangakkara names one spin-bowler and fast bowler as the best he faced:
Coming to the two best bowlers, Sangakkara faced in international cricket; he named a spinner and a seamer. It was Australia’s Shane Warne and Pakistan’s Wasim Akram, who bamboozled with their endless tricks up their sleeves.
When it comes to Test cricket, Warne sits behind Murali, having taken 708 wickets at an average of just over 25. Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram was the finest exponent of left-arm bowling and reverse swing with 916 international wickets.
“Fast bowler definitely, Wasim Akram, without a doubt, when it comes to spin-bowling, it would definitely be Shane Warne.” he stated.