India can have a great home season under Anil Kumble's guidance, says Muttiah Muralitharan

PTI, Sep, 15 2016

Kolkata: Sri Lanka spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan feels that tactical acumen of coach Anil Kumble combined with skipper Virat Kohli leadership skills will take India to greater heights.

Murali said that India have a great chance of defeating the three heavyweights -- New Zealand, England and Australia -- in the 13 Tests to be played at home in the upcoming season.

File photo of Muttiah Muralitharan. Reuters

File photo of Muttiah Muralitharan. Reuters

"Kumble is clever and knows the conditions inside out. He knows exactly what to do. I think Indian team will do well in Kumble's guidance and definitely have a very good chance of winning the series not only against New Zealand, but also against England and Australia," Muralitharan told media during his stint with Cricket Association of Bengal's Vision 2020 programme to groom youngsters.

"Kohli has been doing well and India are winning matches abroad. That's what you want. I think India have a big advantage. Their spinners are better while the batters know the conditions well," he added.

Murali, the Bengal spin consultant for one-and-half years, also spoke about the upcoming domestic season and said Ranji matches at neutral venues was a welcome change.

"It gives you a chance to learn more about different venues, wickets so that they can apply themselves in a better way."

On Bengal's prospects, he said: "Pragyan Ojha is heading the spin attack and there are many good pacers, so they have a good chance.

Published Date: Sep 15, 2016 | Updated Date: Sep 15, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115