Ashwin is the best spin bowler for India, says Muralitharan

Hyderabad, April 21: Sri Lankan spin legend Muttaiah Muralitharan has said R Ashwin is the best spin bowler for Team India at the moment and picks Parvez Rasool as having a good chance of doing well in One Day Internationals.

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Muralitharan, who is now the bowling coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the ongoing season of Indian Premier League (IPL 8), said there are a lot of good spinners in international cricket at the moment.

R Ashwin

According to Muralitharan, Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Saeed Ajmal, Rangana Herath are among the current lot of spinners who have been impressive. In IPL, Ashwin plays for Chennai Super Kings while Harbhajan is with Mumbai Indians.

"There are a lot of good spinners in international cricket at the moment. Ravichandran Ashwin is good. He has been bowling really well. He is a quality spinner. He is a regular in the Indian side and the best spin bowler for India at the moment. Harbhajan Singh is still playing. Saeed Ajmal had an issue with his action but he is back now. From Sri Lanka, Rangana Herath has been impressive," Muralitharan told IPL's official website.

When asked whether any spinner from SRH has caught his eye, he mentioned Rasool's name but added it was too early to judge the Jammu and Kashmir offspinner.

Parvez Rasool

"It is very hard to say over the duration of the tournament. In 45 days you can't judge or change things. I would say in the ODI format Parvez Rasool may have a good chance. I have only known him for a week now, so I can't judge him on that basis. You have to see how he works hard and how he comes up.

"There are other spinners in the ranks as well but they need to up their game and prove themselves at the big stage. The IPL is an opportunity to show how good they are. You gain from the IPL only once you make your presence felt. If they prove themselves then who knows a selection might just be round the corner," the Sri Lanka, who is the leading Test (800) and ODI (534) wicket-taker, said.

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