Saturday, 10 January 2015 - 19:11
Muttiah Muralitharan: Tharanga's Omission and Inclusion of Spinning All-Rounder Mendis Shocked Me
Former Spin Legend Muttaiah Muralitharan says that the4 Sri Lanka squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 contained two big surprises for him, which was the absence of opener Upul Tharanga and the inclusion of Jeevan Mendis as a spin-bowling all-rounder.
Muralitharan added that Tharanga's omission shocked him, adding that even though he had not been picked against England or New Zealand, he has a decent One-Day International record, averaging just under 34, and he has the precious gift of experience, with 176 matches under his belt.
The victory in the ICC World T20 Bangladesh 2014 gave real confidence and belief to the players that they can win on the global stage, and on that basis, a repeat of what happened in 1996 would be something really special.