Muttiah Muralitharan’s son imitates his father’s bowling action
With 1,347 wickets under his belt, Muralitharan remains the leading wicket-taker in international cricket.
Updated - Jul 16, 2021 9:48 am
Muttiah Muralitharan was a legendary bowler during his times without a shred of a doubt. He was a tough nut to crack for the opposition batters. He made his debut back in 1992 and donned the national jersey for 18 long years. In 133 Tests, 350 ODIs, and 12 T20Is, Murali, also known as the Smiling Assassin, went on to pick up 800, 534, and 13 wickets respectively.
With 1,347 wickets under his belt, he remains the leading wicket-taker in international cricket. His bowling action was a tad controversial though. In several instances, he was called out for ‘chucking’. The off-break bowler even underwent changes in his action through biomechanics. In the meantime, Muralitharan’s son was seen bowling like his father.
With a pretty similar action, his son entered his run-up and delivered the ball. He uploaded the video to demonstrate both the bowling actions. Muralitharan captioned the video and wrote, “Father and Son Time! Video credits @SunRisers.”
Here’s Muttiah Muralitharan’s video:
— Muthiah Muralidaran (@Murali_800) July 15, 2021
As far as his batting was concerned, Murali racked up nearly 2,000 runs for Sri Lanka in his career. Recently, Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistan fast bowler, said that Murali was the toughest batter he’s ever bowled to in his career.
Akhtar said that he used to bowl full-length deliveries after the batter asked him not to bowl bouncers. Murali would then smash the pitched-up balls for fours, Akhtar said in a hilarious manner.
“Muttiah Muralitharan is the toughest batsman I have bowled to. I am not even kidding. He requested me not to kill him and told me that he will die if I hit him with a bouncer. He said, ‘Please pitch the ball up and I will give you the wicket away. Whenever I pitched the ball up he just used to slash hard and used to tell me that he hit it by mistake,” Akhtar told Sportskeeda.
Recently, Muralitharan also lashed out at four Lankan cricketers for their issue regarding the national contracts. A number of players, including Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera, have been at the loggerheads with the SLC. “This year we think they don’t need a central contract, we can go with tour contracts,” he had said.