Few people talk about Murali’s all round capability. Some would argue that is because he has no such ability. Todays performance heaped bucket loads of egg on those peoples faces.
Murali, as we all know now, is a bit of an unorthodox player. He is a non conformist in every sense of the word. This lends it self into his batting as well. His batting technique is unique to him. Kind of like Philip Hughes. But he doesn’t get dropped for it.
Today it was in full flow. It is a curious mixture of precise footwork, usually to the leg side, and immense hand eye-coordination only a player like Murali can pull off. His first 4 balls went for 1, 4,6,4. In four balls his wagon wheel had lines all around the wicket, including a brilliantly angled shot over the keeper.
He ended up with 32 off 15. What made it even more remarkable was that Sri Lanka were 7-173 when he strode in with his arm guard and massive eyes. A knock like that in a situation takes plenty of testicular effort. Or as the kids say it – it took balls.
But for a man with a good 610 ODIs runs in his 329 games pressure does not really register.
I think he got some wickets too in the end. All Rounders are good like that you know.