Murali continues to receive praises

With former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq saying Muttiah Muralitharan took the art of off-spin bowling to its pinnacle, glowing tributes continue to flow the Sri... More Below... Posted by on Jul 23rd, 2010 and filed under Cricket.

With former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq saying Muttiah Muralitharan took the art of off-spin bowling to its pinnacle, glowing tributes continue to flow the Sri Lankan magician’s way.

By getting his 800th wicket in the first Test against India, Muralitharan quit Test cricket in great style.

Saqlain said, “I still think that Murali can play on for one or two years in all forms of the game. He is a great spinner who mastered and took the art of off-break bowling to new heights.”

He added, “He is a magician in the true sense and I think he and Shane Warne gave spinners a new respect in international cricket.”

Although it was he who invented the “Doosra” Saqlain said that it was Muralitharan who made full use of the art.

He said, “Murali used this delivery as a great wicket-taking weapon and I felt proud watching him do this. I don’t think any bowler can break the record of 800 Test wickets.”

(Thanks to The Hindu and Ajithjaya)