There’s hardly any doubt that Muttiah Muralitharan, who retired with 800 Check wickets, is among the finest spinners, the world has ever seen. However he feels that aside from a number of, there aren’t many first rate off-spinners on the earth presently, and tempo bowling in ruling the roost.
“The issue in Check cricket is that Twenty20s and one-day internationals have modified the dynamics,” says Murali, speaking from his house in Colombo. “Once I performed, the batsmen have been technically so good and wickets have been flat; now, they attempt to end matches in three days,” he to;d The Sydney Morning Herald.
“The bowlers in my day needed to do further work to get spin and do one thing magic to get outcomes. These days, if you happen to bowl line and size over a time frame, you’ll get 5 wickets. It’s assured as a result of batsmen can not keep for lengthy with out attacking.
“You have got a greater likelihood of taking wickets, which is why spinners solely should set the sector correctly, bowl line and size and let the pitches and batsmen do the remaining. Spinners used to should work laborious for wickets, which is why they labored laborious on growing different deliveries.
“Now they do this in T20 cricket as a substitute. They bowl completely different variations as a result of batsmen are coming after them. However in Check cricket you needn’t do it.”
WIll anybody attain to 800 wickets? “Ashwin [who has 377 Test wickets] has an opportunity as a result of he is a good bowler,” says Murali. “Aside from that, I do not assume any youthful bowler coming in will go to 800. Perhaps Nathan Lyon just isn’t adequate to succeed in it. He’s near 400  however he has needed to play many, many matches to get there.”
Speaking about Sri Lankan cricket, he mentioned, “You recognize the politics of the cricket board and just lately we have now had too many gamers and too many captains. I keep in mind once I began, Arjuna [Ranatunga] captained for about 10 years, then after that Sanath [Jayasuriya] for 4 years, then Mahela and Sanga.
“In my profession, I had 4 or 5 captains in a 20-year interval, however nowadays we have now a captain for six months after which they modify. If you wish to achieve success, it’s a must to have a pacesetter gamers respect. It isn’t due to the [lack of] expertise, however as a result of we have now no leaders and don’t play collectively as a crew.
“We’re like Pakistan. We’ve a lot expertise however after one dangerous innings we battle one another. That is probably the most troublesome time for Sri Lanka cricket.
“They haven’t been collectively for 5 – 6 years. Everybody pulls in several instructions. It’s a disgrace as a result of, if we did pull collectively, we have now loads of proficient cricketers.
“We want a pacesetter for at the very least 4 years: one coach from World Cup to World Cup. They’re altering coaches each two years, so there isn’t any clear message to the youthful gamers. These are the errors and why our cricket is on a special aircraft.
“We should always have performed higher in South Africa just lately, however Sri Lanka will put up a great battle [against England]. As a crew, England is healthier than Sri Lanka, however house benefit and spin-friendly wickets assist. England have their noses in entrance however which may change.”