Sri Lankan legend spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has revealed which batsman is afraid to bowl. He said that Sachin Tendulkar is not afraid to bowl because he is not as harmless as Virender Sehwag or Brian Lara. Muralitharan, the highest wicket taker in international cricket, said that the current batsmen could have faced India’s Virat Kohli and Pakistan’s Babar Azam.
In a conversation with Akash Chopra on ESPNcricinfo, Muralitharan said, ‘Sachin has no fear of bowling. Because he didn’t do you much harm. He was against Sehwag who could hurt you. He (Sachin) kept his wicket. He understood the ball well and knew the technique. Muralitharan, who took 800 wickets in Test cricket, said: ‘In my career, I thought Sachin was a minor weakness. He was hitting leg spin but it was a little bothersome for him to play off spin as I had him out several times. In addition, many off-spinners have dismissed him several times. I’ve seen it. ‘
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He continued, ‘I don’t know. I have not talked to him why you are not comfortable playing off-spin. I think he has a little weakness and that’s why I have some advantage over other players. However, it is not easy to dismiss Sachin. Muralitharan took 530 wickets in ODIs. He dismissed Tendulkar 13 times in his career. He praised Sehwag and Lara and said that they were the most dangerous batsmen to bowl in their career.
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Muralidharan, ‘Sehwag is extremely dangerous. For him, we put the fielders near the boundary line because he sees the opportunity to play long shots. When he had his day, he knew he could attack anyone. So what do we do with defensive fielding? Regarding the current players, he said, ‘Kohli is a good spinner, especially in Test cricket. Babar Azam also looks like a good batsman.