Muralitharan today said he does not expect spinners to play a big part in the outcome of World Cup but added that they will be crucial.
"I do not expect spin to play a major role in this ICC Cricket World Cup (ICC CWC) as a combination of two new balls, fielding restrictions and the pitches will all count against them," Muralitharan wrote on International Cricket Council's (ICC) website on Friday.
"But that does not mean spinners will be redundant and they will still have a part - maybe even a crucial part - to play," he added. Muralitharan said Ashwin had "clever variations" and would revel in the bouncy conditions of Australia.
"Another bowler with recent experience of Australian conditions and although he has not had an especially successful time, that experience will stand him in good stead. Has clever variations and will also revel in the extra bounce he is likely to find. Ashwin is also an excellent performer in the powerplay overs and when batsmen are looking to attack him, which could count in his favour," Muralitharan, winner of 1996 World Cup, said.
On Jadeja, the highest Test and ODI wicket-taker said, "A key figure in India's victory in the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales in 2013. Not a big spinner of the ball but, like Ashwin, his experience of batsmen attacking him and how to deal with that situation thanks to the Pepsi Indian Premier League will be invaluable in this tournament. Will skid the ball on and, if he can be accurate and consistent, then batsmen may well perish trying to take liberties against him."
Apart from the Indian duo, who are the other nine in Muralitharan's list? Find out below.
Here are Muralitharan's 11 spinners to watch out for at World Cup
1. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
2. R Ashwin (India)
3. Ravindra Jadeja (India)
4. Daniel Vettori (New Zealand)
5. Yasir Shah (Pakistan)
6. Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)
7. Sachithra Senanayake (Sri Lanka)
8. Imran Tahir (South Africa)
9. Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)
10. Samiullah Shenwari (Afghanistan)
11. George Dockrell (Ireland)