Murali on Murali- a look into the deadly Spin Duo!
The spin twins, as they are now called, Muttiah Muralitharan and Murali Kartik are one of the most dangerous spinners this season. And how does Kartik describe the senior spinner- An 18 yr old bacha!
Kartik believes that Murali has a lot of confidence in him, seen clearly in the match between RCB and SRH. Kohli was about to give the ball to Moises Henriques to bowl the second last over, when the king of spin told him to give it to Kartik instead. “Can you imagine?” asked Kartik. “Murali told Kohli I should bowl. He is like that. It’s inspiring the kind of confidence he has in me.”
RCB’s two Muralis have made a handy spin pair so far, making people sit up and watch the middle overs when they bowl. Together they’ve not just restricted the runs in the middle overs for RCB but also taken wickets regularly.
Kartik is genuinely thrilled and blessed to play along with a man like Murali, lauding him for his humility. “One of the biggest things about this guy is he doesn’t come across as someone who has taken more than 2000 wickets,” Kartik says. “You don’t even get the feeling. Every time you say, “Murali Anna, you do this” and he will go, “What-…no … You can. You are as talented as me no; just that you didn’t get that many opportunities!”
Training with him too is a unique experience. Kartik describes him as a 18yr old bacha for his enthusiasm and love for the game. “When you practise with him, the appreciation you get from him when you do something good, and simple things he says just reiterates to you that your thinking is right.”, says Kartik. His humility that’s has floored the younger spinner.
Muralitharan has an astounding cricket brain. “It’s amazing. He seems to know about most players in the world. He might ask you about some domestic player’s strengths and weakness, make up his strategy and off he goes.” Murali also looks at the pitch before a game, thoroughly reading it and preparing to bowl on it. “He will also tell you, bowl like this, aisa daalna chahiye. He is so passionate about cricket. He is full of ideas and beautiful theories about the game.” says Kartik.
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