Be careful against Wanindu Hasaranga in T20 World Cup 2022, says Muttiah Muralitharan
The legendary Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka warned the nations on Thursday before of the T20 World Cup 2022, saying they should be cautious when playing Wanindu Hasaranga since the mysterious spinner poses a threat on Australian grounds.
Muralitharan said that Hasaranga will be a player to watch out for at the T20 World Cup after he collected nine wickets to propel his team to the Asia Cup title victory.
“He’s a great T20 bowler. Last 2-3 years, he’s done really well. He’s a young guy,” Muralitharan told reporters in an interaction on the eve of the second edition of the Legends League Cricket.
“In Australia, definitely the leg spinner will have more chances than finger spinners. He will be a difficult opponent to bat against. You have to be very careful against him.”
Talking about Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup campaign, Muralitharan said:
“We had a very young team in the past few years, we played best cricket in the Asia Cup. They looked like the best team and deserved to win the Asia Cup.”
The T20 World Cup will require Sri Lanka to qualify, and they are grouped with Namibia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Netherlands. The top two teams advance to the Super 12 round.
“We are looking forward to the World Cup as well. They are formidable but unfortunately we have to play the qualifiers to get into the main round,” he said.
“The past few years we didn’t play well to get a straight entry. But at the moment I’m very, very confident of doing well in the World Cup as well.”
Muralitharan, who is the highest wicket-taker in Tests with 800 scalps, said Australian leg-spin legend Shane Warne was “better” than him.
Earlier in March of this year, Warne passed away from a heart attack while travelling with his buddies in Thailand.
“I think he was better than me, when I was playing I looked up to him and learnt things from him. We all miss him,” an emotional Muralitharan said.
The LLC-2, which has teams from Kolkata, Lucknow, Cuttack, Jodhpur, and New Delhi, will feature the former Sri Lankan offspinner playing for Manipal Tigers.