“I Think He Was Better Than Me”: Muttiah Muralitharan On Shane Warne

File photo of Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.© AFP

Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne ended their careers as arguably the two greatest spinners to grace the game of cricket, and their records support that claim. While Muralitharan is the highest ever Tests wicket taker, Warne is just behind him. The Sri Lankan legend opened up on Thursday about the late great Warne, who died of a heart attack earlier this year, saying the Australian was better than him. “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 told reporters on the eve of the second edition of the Legends League Cricket.

While Muralitharan finished his career with 800 Test wickets, Warne had claimed 708 scalps in the longest format.

Murali had also taken 534 ODI wickets, while Warne finished his career with 293 in the 50-over format.

Warne died in March this year after suffering a cardiac arrest while on vacation in Thailand. He was 52.

Muralitharan is currently participating in the Legends League Cricket tournament.


He appeared for World Giants against India Maharaja in a benefit match before the start of the competition.

The Indian Maharajas emerged as winners thanks to a five-wicket-haul from pacemaker Pankaj Singh and 50-somethings from Yusuf Pathan and Tanmay Srivastava.

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