Salaam Cricket 2018: Muralitharan switched to off spin after trying pace and leg break

first_imgMuttiah Muralitharan might be the most successful bowler in the history of Test cricket by the time he ended but when he started playing cricket, he had no idea what he wanted to do as a bowler.Speaking at AajTak Salaam Cricket 2018, Muralitharan, who has 800 wickets to his name in the longest format of the game, revealed that he stared off as a fast bowler and even tried leg-spin before settling in as an off-spinner.”When I started playing cricket, I bowled fast but it didn’t work. Then I tried leg spin and that didn’t work and then I became an off-spinner. My wrist works like leg spinners, that’s why I would get a lot of turn,” said Muralitharan.He also revealed how Mohammad Azharuddin and Kapil Dev helped him understand the tricks of the trade and become a better bowler.Salaam Cricket 2018: LIVE”On my first overseas tour of India in 1990, I was getting hit everywhere despite getting wickets. I went to Azhar (Azharuddin) bhai in his room and asked how I could be consistent. Then I went to Kapil Dev and he said you can turn as much as I don’t care, if you can’t bowl straight, it’s not going to spin,” Murali said.The legendary Sri Lanka spinner, who was one of the very few bowlers, who perfected the art of ‘doosra’, said that he learnt how to bowl the delivery from Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq.Also read – Quality of batting has gone down, says Harbhajan”I saw Saqlain Mushtaq then and he was bowling the doosra and I didn’t understand and then I practiced and practiced and somehow I got my wrist in play. Nowadays people want to get more variations.. each person’s grip is different and you have to adapt,” said Muralitharan.advertisementMuralitharan also said that he had no clue how to bowl to Indian and Pakistani batsmen when he started off.Also read – India favourites even without Kohli, says Harbhajan. Misbah disagrees”When I started bowling, I had no clue how to get them out, they used good defence.. I was taking five wicket hauls but still they were scoring against me. The batting talent for spin was there because they were so good.”These days if you are a spin bowler, you just have to bowl maiden overs and you get a five-wicket haul,” said Muralitharan.Also read – Wasim Akram recalls playing Holi with Indian teamMurali ended his career with a total of 1347 wickets and is still the most successful bowler in the history of the game. He has taken 800 wickets in Test cricket, 534 in ODIs and 13 in T20 cricket.last_img read more