Vettori particularly emphasized the art of applying topspin, as Nathan Lyon has built on these grounds to achieve great success in Test cricket. “In New Zealand and Australia and to a lesser extent in England, it’s all about the drift and the revolutions you get on the ball,” Vettori told the media in Kolkata. “Whereas on the subcontinent you have the wicket may do a little more work for you.
“In Australia, legspinners have more chance than finger spinners because you can get a sideways spin and bounce will help,” Muralitharan said. “I think it will be difficult to bat against Hasaranga, because you have to be careful in facing him. But still there are players who can play [him] Well.
“He is a great T20 bowler. He has been very successful, which is why he has played for [Royal Challengers] Bangalore too. He has done a great job in the last two-three years. He is a young boy, not old, he is about 26-27 years old [25 years old], But I don’t discuss spin bowling much with him. I don’t see him much, and Sri Lanka have a spin-bowling coach to whom he will be talking about what he wants to improve.”
Sri Lanka, due to their poor T20I rankings at the cut-off time, will have to play first round matches to qualify for the Super 12 stage to decide who will get a direct entry into the T20 World Cup. Muraleedharan calls it unfortunate, but he is not too upset about it.
Both Vettori and Muralitharan interacted with the media ahead of the Legends League cricket tournament, which begins with an exhibition match between India XI and World XI at the Eden Gardens on Friday. The main competition starts on Saturday, featuring Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Chris Gayle, Jacques Kallis, Shane Watson, Ross Taylor, Harbhajan Singh, Graeme Swann and Brett Lee.