Island Cricket

Friday, October 31, 2008

Zimbabweans wait in earnest for Murali

Enock Muchinjo of the Zimbabwe Independent speaks glowingly of Muttiah Muralitharan and the spin wizards exploits on Zimbabwean soil. Read the full article here, a few excerpts below.

The biggest attraction of any Sri Lankan visit, the great off-spinner — Muttiah Muralitharan — will thankfully, be part of that Zimbabwe tour again. Murali — as he is affectionately known by millions of fans throughout the world — is a living legend of the game despite previous question marks over his bowling action.

He is Test cricket’s leading wicket-taker, and in 2002 was rated by the respected Wisden Cricketer’ Almanack as the world’s greatest ever Test bowler.

Muralitharan’s inclusion in the Zimbabwe tour squad is a relief to his local fans after his omission from an ODI tour of West Indies earlier this year led to speculation that he may be mulling concentrating on Test cricket only. Were that the case, the great man would not be coming to Zimbabwe because the African side is currently in Test exile.


by Hilal


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