Legendary veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan shared an interesting fact, saying that former India cricketer and current India head coach Rahul Dravid could never read his mystery. The veteran also mentioned that players like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar used to play him well, but not Dravid. He also added that some of his teammates failed to understand his bowling, while some could read him with time as well. He has represented the national team in 495 international matches and has picked up 1347 wickets as well.
“He (Sachin Tendulkar) read me very well. Not many people can do (that). (Brian) Lara had success but he never hit me also. I know a few people, like Rahul Dravid, he is one of the greatest players but he never read me. Sachin and (Virender Sehwag) and (Gautam) Gambhir would read. Even in my team some people read and some did not,” Muralidaran said during the trailer launch trailer of his biopic titled ‘800′.
However, he applauded Sachin Tendulkar and mentioned that he won’t be seeing any other batter with the same ability in his lifetime as well.
“What he (Sachin) has done in cricket, nobody can do. It is a fact. It is impossible for someone to get into First-Class cricket at 15 years, getting a Test hundred at 16-17 years (of age). Another Sachin Tendulkar won’t be born in my life (time),” Muttiah Muralitharan said.
Sachin Tendulkar, on the other hand, praised the off-spinner as well and shared the story of him taking some time to settle in the middle and developing the art of doosra as well.
“He had developed the ‘doosra’ but spent a lot of time practicing it in the nets. For 18 months he continued practicing the ‘doosra’ in the nets before he bowled the first ball in international cricket. The reason for that was he should not lose his original strengths and the qualities that he possessed,” Sachin Tendulkar said in the same show.