Muttiah Muralitharan spoke about his strategy against Sachin Tendulkar.© AFP
Sri Lankan cricket legend Muttiah Muralitharan has revealed that Little Master Sachin Tendulkar had a slight weakness to off-spin bowling. A member of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, Muralitharan is widely regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the sport and is the only bowler to have taken 800 Test wickets and 530 ODI wickets. He is also the top wicket taker in both Test and ODI formats, averaging over six wickets per Test match. Notably, Muralitharan had fired Tendulkar a total of 13 times in his career, only Australian Brett Lee got 14 times the better of the Indian great.
“For Sachin there was no fear of bowling because he won’t hurt you. Unlike Sehwag who can hurt you. Because he [Sachin Tendulkar] will protect his wicket, he can read the ball well and knows the technique,” Muttiah told ESPNCricinfo.
“In my career I felt like Sachin had a little weakness to off spin. With leg spin he smashes but off spin he somehow had the difficulty because I got him out so many times. And many off spinners also got it so many times I’ve seen it,” he pointed out.
“I don’t know, I’ve never talked to him about this, that’s why ‘are you not comfortable with off-spin’. I felt in my mind that he was a bit weak, that’s why I got a bit of advantage compared to other players. Sachin is a difficult player, it is very difficult to get him out.”
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