Muralitharan believes South African selectors have to be more careful in the future
Sri Lanka spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan has announced that he believes South Africa did not pick their strongest XI in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.
South Africa were led by AB de Dillivers and got knocked out of the tournament in the super 8s stages when they lost every single one of their matches against Australia, Pakistan and India.
Speaking exclusively to The Telegraph, Muralitharan said: “That is because they haven’t picked the right side… The ideal players for these conditions haven’t been considered. Faf du Plessis should have played… They should have opened with Hashim Amlaand Jacques Kallis. Getting the best batsmen out on the park is very important.”
Muralitharan stated that Richard Levi, who failed to have one decent innings throughout the tournament, should not have opened the batting for the Proteas.
“Richard Levi hasn’t been in the best of form. They need to look into their batting line-up. Their bowling is good… It’s hard to predict whether the No.1 team will make the knockouts… It could be anyone’s game from here,” Muralitharan added.
The Sri Lankan spinner also noted that the pitches had stayed true to its nature despite talks of it having more in it for spin bowlers.
“The wickets have been playing normally. They have been slow and turning a bit… Spinners will succeed in these conditions. It’s not just that the spinners will benefit… The pacers too have been successful,” Muralitharan said.
Muralitharan further mentioned that he was both surprised and pleased when Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh made his comeback after being diagnosed and treated for a rare form of lung cancer.
“It’s been a great achievement. It’s very tough to make a comeback from a life threatening disease… He has balanced all aspects very well… If he gets some runs under his belt, he will soon be back to peak form,” Muralitharan added.