Sri Lankan bowling legend Muttiah Muralitharan has showered praise on Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin calling him the best spinner in the world at present. Congratulating Ashwin on becoming the fastest bowler to reach the milestone of 300 Test wickets in his 54th match, Muralitharan said, “I want to congratulate him (Ashwin). It’s a big achievement as getting 300 Test wickets is not an easy job. Definitely, he is the best spinner in the world at the moment.”
“He (Ashwin) is hardly 31, 32 years old and can play for another 4-5 years at least. But it will also depend on how he performs and remains injury free. Only time will tell as it will be very hard for him after 35,” said Muralitharan. Besides, Ashwin also has 150 ODI wickets from 111 matches.
Not just quality of two teams but overkill of contests have taken the sheen out of India-Sri Lanka series, a fact which was recently endorsed by India captain Virat Kohli. Asked Muralitharan about the issue, he gave a tongue-in- cheek reply. “I can’t say there is too much of (India-Sri Lanka) cricket but may be Virat (Kohli) is getting bored of winning every time,” he said.
While Muralitharan complemented the current Indian team under Kohli for its level of consistency, he expressed serious concern about the sorry state of Sri Lankan cricket. “India is a very good side and I rate them very high. You can’t take credit away from India by saying that Sri Lanka is a weak team. They are doing really well in every format,” he said.