Be careful against Wanindu Hasaranga in T20 World Cup: Muttiah Muralitharan | Cricket News

KOLKATA: Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan issued a warning to teams ahead of next month on Thursday T20 World Cupsaying they’ll have to be careful Wanindu Hasaranga because the mysterious spinner would be a threat on Australian grounds.
Hasaranga took nine wickets to propel his side to Asian Cup title victory and Muralitharan said he would be one to watch at the T20 World Cup.
“He’s a great T20 bowler. The last 2-3 years he’s done really well. He’s a young guy,” Muralitharan told reporters during an interaction on the eve of the second edition of the League of Legends Cricket.
“In Australia the leg spinner will definitely have a better chance than the finger spinners. He will be a tough opponent to beat. You have to be very careful against him.”
Speaking about Sri Lanka’s Asian Cup campaign, Muralitharan said: “We had a very young squad in recent years, we played the best cricket in the Asian Cup. They looked like the best team and deserved to win the Asian Cup.”
Sri Lanka will have to take the qualifying route for the T20 World Cup where they are partnered with Namibia, the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands. The top two teams will participate in the main round – Super 12.
“We are also looking forward to the World Cup. They are great, but unfortunately we have to play the qualifiers to get to the main round,” he said.
“In recent years we haven’t played well to get a direct entry. But at the moment I’m very, very confident to do well in the World Cup as well.”
Muralitharan, who is the highest wicket-taker in the Tests with 800 scalps, said Australian leg-spinning legend Shane Warne was “better” than him.
Warne died of a heart attack while vacationing with his friends in Thailand earlier in March this year.
“I think he was better than me, when I was playing I looked up to him and learned things from him. We all miss him,” an emotional Muralitharan said.
The former Sri Lankan offspinner will feature for Manipal Tigers in the LLC-2, which will be played between teams from the cities of Kolkata, Lucknow, Cuttack, Jodhpur and New Delhi.

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