T20 World Cup 2022 – Muthiah Muralidaran and Daniel Vettori reveal the secrets of spin bowling in Australia

What kind of spinners will find success at the T20 World Cup in Australia? Ask Muthiah Muralidaran, and he supports the wrists – like recently crowned Asian Cup Tournament Player – Wanindu Hasaranga. Pick the brains of Daniel Vettori, and he thinks the fingerpinners – from the R Ashwin mold – will make the most of those surfaces. Both, however, agree on one thing: use the rebound in Australia to your advantage.

Vettori in particular emphasized the art of giving topspin, as Nathan Lyon did with great success in Test cricket on these same grounds. “In New Zealand and Australia, and England to a lesser extent, it’s all about the drift and the amount of revs you get on the ball,” Vettori said in a media interaction. in Kolkata. “While on the subcontinent, you can ask the counter to do a little more work for you.

“And we all know that Ashwin is exceptional in this area. [topspin] of how he plays in Test matches. The thing is, he came out of a great IPL and he’s one of those guys who’s very adaptable, who understands what he needs to do in every situation. If chosen, he will know what to do. He has already been to Australia several times. Among the plethora of Indian spinners, most of them are also versatile, which is what sets them apart and gives them so much poise.”
Muralidaran, on the other hand, believes that a wrist’s ability to generate more lateral rotation gives it the upper hand. According to him, that kind of skill makes someone like Hasaranga – who won nine wickets at an average of 18.88 at the Asian Cup – the one to watch.

“In Australia, legpinners are luckier than fingerpinners because you can get sideways spin and the rebound will help,” Muralidaran said. “I think Hasaranga will be a difficult opponent to beat, because you have to be careful against him. But there are still players who can play [him] good.

“He’s a great T20 bowler. He’s had a lot of success, that’s why he’s bowled for [Royal Challengers] Bengaluru too. He has done great things in the last 2-3 years. He’s a young man, not old, he’s around 26-27 [25 years old]. But I don’t talk a lot about spin bowling with him. I don’t see him much, and Sri Lanka has a spin bowling coach, who he has to talk to about what he wants to improve.”

Sri Lanka, due to their poor T20I ranking at the deadline to decide who gets direct entry into the T20 World Cup, must play the first round of matches in order to qualify for the Super 12 stage. Muralidaran calls him unhappy, he doesn’t care too much.

“We had a young squad for the past few years. They have a bit of experience now and played the best cricket in the Asian Cup, they deserved to win,” said Muralidaran. “They’re great but unfortunately we have to play the playoffs to get into the tournament because we’ve had a few bad games in recent years to get there straight away. At the moment I’m confident we’ll be successful in the World Cup as well. “

Vettori and Muralidaran spoke during a media interaction ahead of the Legends League cricket tournament which kicks off on Friday with an exhibition match between an Indian XI and a World XI at Eden Gardens. The main competition then begins on Saturday, with the likes of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Chris Gayle, Jacques Kallis, Shane Watson, Ross Taylor, Harbhajan Singh, Graeme Swann and Brett Lee – among others – split between four teams.

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