It is going to be a tough series for Virat Kohli: Muttiah Muralitharan

Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan. (Photo Source: BCCI)

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Former Sri Lanka spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan has high hopes from the newly appointed Indian skipper Virat Kohli. He, however, feels that Kohli will have a tough series leading the limited-overs side for the first time. Muralitharan is currently in Kolkata, India. He is the spin bowling consultant of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) 2020 vision. As per the quotes in TOI, Muttiah Muralitharan recently heaped praise of former Indian skipper MS Dhoni and also spoke on Virat Kohli.

The former cricketer tagged Dhoni as one of the best Indian captains. He reflected back in time when he played under Dhoni for the Chennai Super Kings franchise in the IPL. He pointed out that Dhoni was always open to suggestions and a very humble person too.

“In my long cricket career, Dhoni is one of the best Indian cricket captains. The three years I played under his captaincy in Chennai Super Kings, I never saw any arrogance from Dhoni. He was always down to earth and was open to take advice from senior players like me and Michael Hussey. Being such a big star, he always maintained a low profile,” quoted the Sri Lankan.

Speaking further about Virat Kohli, Muttiah Muralitharan stated that he has high hopes from the Delhi lad as he is renowned for taking up challenges. He, however, maintained that the English limited overs side is a strong unit and a different one from the Test side. Hence, Kohli should not shy away from taking tips from Dhoni on the field.

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“I have high hopes from Virat as he loves to take challenges and is a terrific batsman. This England ODI team and Twenty20 team is very competitive and totally different from the Test side. Kohli should not take the English team lightly and should always go to Dhoni for advice on the field. It is going to be a tough series for Virat,” he conceded.