Sangakkara picks his all-time best bowler
Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara was asked to pick the current best batsman in the world and to which, he straight away picked Virat Kohli. But, when he was asked to name the best bowler at present, Sangakkara hesitated for a while and didn’t come up with the right answer.
While speaking to cricket commentator Pommie Mbangwa during an Instagram LIVE session, Kumar Sangakkara said: “That’s a tricky one.”
“I think when it comes to spin, you have to admire Nathan Lyon. What he has done over the last few years, it has been incredible. The way he has bowled, it was not easy for any orthodox bowler coming in the game with his modern-day batsmen. He is incredible, probably worth saying; he is the best spinner,” said Sangakkara.
As far as seamers are concerned, Sangakkara picked James Anderson as the best bowler in English conditions while Mitchell Starc and Jasprit Bumrah as the bowlers who could bowl under any circumstance. He went on to add saying that Jasprit Bumrah needs to work on his fitness.
“When it comes to a fast bowler, in English conditions, you have to go with a guy like James Anderson; he is exceptional. But you also have to go with guys who can bowl in any conditions, so guys like Mitchell Starc, maybe even Jasprit Bumrah if he can keep his fitness. They are the kinds of bowlers who can challenge the batsmen with the kind of firepower they have,” added Kumar Sangakkara
Finally, Kumar Sangakkara was also asked to name the best bowler of all-time. He took no time to pick Muttiah Muralitharan and Wasim Akram as best spinner and seamer.
“Fast bowler, definitely Wasim Akram, without a doubt. When it comes to spin bowling, it would definitely be Shane Warne. I, of course, had the luxury of not facing Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas in international cricket, having kept to Murali, I will always say he is the best spinner ever to play the game,” Sangakkara added further.