Muttiah Muralitharan claims Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the best bowler in IPL history

Bhuvi gereater than the likes of Malinga's and Bravo's in Murali's books

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Sri Lankan legend and current bowling coach of the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Muttiah Muralitharan, stated emphatically that Indian international Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the best bowler in the history of IPL.

The leading wicket-taker in both Tests and ODIs was all praises for the fast bowler who is presently sporting the Purple Cap. Furthermore, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was the purple cap holder in the previous edition of the IPL as well.

The fast bowler came into the reckoning after his swing bowling prowess as he burst into the international scene. Over the years, he has added pace into his ammunitions. He has played for two other franchises apart from Sunrisers Hyderabad namely Royal Challengers Bangalore and Pune Warriors India.

Recently, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar brought up his 100th wicket in IPL cricket. Overall, the pacer from Uttar Pradesh has claimed as many as 101 wickets in 83 games. The Sri Lankan maestro who has picked over 1347 international wickets, has chosen Bhuvi as the best bowler in IPL history even though the likes of Malinga, Bravo, Mishra, Piyush, Narine and Nehra are ahead of him in the wickets column.

In an elaborate interview with Wisden, he stated,”I think he’s the best. I’m not saying this because he’s from SRH. But over the last four-five years that I’ve been seeing him, even when I was not here (with Hyderabad), he’s the best bowler in IPL history. He bowls two overs in the Power Play and two at the death, and his economy rate is so low.”

The bowling coach of Sunrisers further expressed his disappointments about Bhuvi not featuring in Indian colors for T20s.

“He’s so successful, not just this IPL, but last year and the year before … every time. Whatever the team has asked of him, he has delivered. Unfortunately, he hasn’t played much T20 cricket for India. He will be a very big prospect for India as well, in these conditions or in any conditions.” said the Sri Lankan.

“Hopefully, people will realize that, because he hasn’t played much for India. He’s one of the most successful bowlers in IPL history as a fast bowler” added the spin-wizard.

On being asked about the 19th over of their last match against Rising Pune Supergiant, Murali replied by saying that it was the only time the pacer was clobbered and he was facing one of the most dreaded finishers in the world by name of MS Dhoni.