If there is no legitimacy, you simply should not bowl: Murali

Published : 10:13 am  April 8, 2015 | No comments so far |  | 


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In the wake of Sunil Narine being cleared by the BCCI for the IPL, spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan suggests the youngsters to bowl deliveries that come naturally to them. Murali is currently the bowling coach to Sunrisers Hyderabad, so it puts him on the other side of the fence with Kolkata Knight Riders, no wonder he is wary.
“There is a certain degree of bend allowed and if you can’t spin the ball within that rule, then you simply can’t do it. So if they can’t bowl that delivery but still try do that, then its trouble. If you can bowl with a 15 degree bend then it’s fine, if you can’t, just don’t bowl it,” the Sri Lankan, who has bagged a record 800 Test scalps, stated.
“Everyone cannot hit shots like Gayle. So similarly while bowling, you can’t imitate what others are doing because you might get into trouble. Like batsmen will get out while imitating a Gayle shot. These youngsters watch somebody on TV and then try and imitate it. But that doesn’t work. Somethings come naturally to you. Nobody can bowl a slider as well as Shane Warne can do. Some genius can do that but if you can’t just don’t do it,” he added.
The 42-year-old Murali, who has been a part of Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore as a player in the previous editions, asserts that spinners play a big part in T20 cricket.
“In every format of the game, be it ODIs, T20 or Test cricket, you need spinners. Spinners form an important composition of your team. Every team has two or three spinners, especially in T20 cricket you have more spinners as spinners have more chance of getting a wicket and hence they will continue to play a big role in the shortest format,” he said.
“See 90 per cent of the bowlers are trying to contain runs. One has limited number of overs in hand, therefore batsman wants to get quick runs. They have a go from the very first ball and so the chances of getting a wicket is more. Even while trying to restrict a batsman, you can get a wicket.”
Having spent some time with his new franchise SRH, Muralitharan was hopeful about Indian spinners Karn Sharma and Parveez Rasool making it big one day.
“Both Karn and Rasool are very good spinners and SRH is blessed with a good stock of spinners. Karn has already played for India and Rasool is working towards it. I think they will certainly improve. As players, they are still learning and IPL will give them a platform to show their performance to the selectors to get a chance of getting into the Indian cricket team,” Murali said.
“We have great players like Warner and Shikhar Dhawan, very good pacers like Steyn and Boult. Very good spinners and good young Indian batsman in Naman Ojha and Lokesh Rahul so we are at par with any top side in this competition,” he opined.
From an international career spanning 19 years to playing his trade in various T20 leagues around the world, life has come full circle for Murali as a coach. He is happy with the way things have turned out.