Anil Kumble, Muttiah Muralitharan “would have been hits in current era” but not Saeed Ajmal: Former Pakistan spinner
File image of Muttiah Muralitharan and Anil Kumble together.© AFP
Sub-continent cricket teams often pave their way to glory by relying on their spinners. The cricketing folklore of the region has many stories of the exploits of greats like Muttiah Muralitharan, Anil Kumble, Bishan Singh Bedi, Abdul Qadir, Saqlain Mushtaq. However, former Pakistan spinner Abdur Rehman, who played 22 Tests, 31 ODIs and eight T20Is for the team between 2006 and 2014, believes Kumble and Muralitharan would have scored big if they were bowling in the current era. .
When asked to name India’s worst spinner on the Nadir Ali Podcast, Abdur Rahman said, “Whoever plays for his country can never be bad.”
Asked further about a bowler who he thinks can be hit easily, the former Pakistan spinner said: “In his position, all pitches change. When there is a flat pitch, they take chances.” But gets exposed. Jadeja was a poor bowler when he came but under MS Dhoni’s captaincy he has improved so much that he is world number 1. In all formats, he is doing well. Chahal can be hit easily . He’s not a big turner of the ball, no power. It doesn’t look like he can turn cricket around with the red ball, may be he can be successful in the shorter formats. My view is that he’s a tall Not a race horse.”
When asked about Anil Kumble, he said: “I think if he was bowling now, he would have got hurt. Because he didn’t make the ball a big turner. It used to skid. In modern-day cricket , the pace at which it is played, the line and length he used, he used to get hit. Even Muralitharan used to get hit. Even during his time he used to get hit. But because of the variety that Saeed Ajmal had, it would not have been a hit anymore.”
Anil Kumble is India’s highest wicket-taker in Tests (619) and ODIs (334). Muralitharan holds the record for most wickets in Tests (800) and ODIs (534).
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