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Sangakkara recalls an incident when coach snatched the ball out of Muralitharan’s hands

Sangakkara recalls an incident when coach snatched the ball out of Muralitharan’s hands

Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has been one of the important batsmen in his heydays. In fact, he was one of the vital cogs of Sri Lankan cricket history. The former southpaw scored 12,400 runs in Tests, 14,234 runs in ODIs and 1382 runs in T20Is respectively.

The former captain also scored 38 centuries and 52 half-centuries in Tests, 25 hundreds and 93 fifties in ODIs and 8 fifties in T20Is. Sangakkara is widely recognised as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the sport.

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The former wicketkeeper-batsman announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in 2015. Currently, the 43-year-old is working with Rajasthan Royals as the Director of Cricket Operations.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan legend recalled an interesting incident regarding Sri Lankan bowling great Muttiah Muralitharan. The former wicketkeeper disclosed how the off-spinner used to practice spot-bowling for so many hours that the coach had to forcefully snatch the ball out of Muralitharan’s hands.

“Murali used to come every day to training, and he bowled few minutes at the stumps as spot bowling, then he continued bowling in the nets at all the batsmen, then he would finish off with some more spot bowling, and this was a couple of hours non-stop bowling. It came to a stage where the coach really had to tell him to stop and had to forcefully take the ball away from him. And I used to watch him, a guy who has taken 600 wickets, what is he still doing, bowling this much?” Kumar Sangakkara said.

The former Sri Lankan captain also added how Muralitharan gained great confidence by enhancing his muscle memory by bowling constantly.

“So, I went up to him and asked him. Why are you doing this? You have taken so many wickets; you really don’t need to practice this hard. And I still remember to this date the answer that he gave me.

He just simply turned to me and said, ‘Sanga, it doesn’t matter how many wickets I have taken, what’s really important to me is that I continue to bowl and train as hard as I ever did, because with my practice, with my spot bowling at the batsmen, I get into a habit where I know I can go to a match and even if I have my eyes closed, and I am running to bowl a ball, I can pitch the ball exactly where I want to pitch it.’

And he said that was where he got his confidence from, not with his extravagant turn or doosra but that training, that muscle memory, and he said that’s why he is training so hard,” the 43-year-old concluded.

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