Originally Posted by JASON
It doesn't alter Sri Lanka's chances or fortunes at 20/20. Murali is pretty poor when it comes to batting and someone like Lokuaraatchchi who will replace him is a damn good slogger in the limited versions of the game and a very good Bat even in FC Cricket.
I don't think Murali's bowling would make a huge difference in 20/20 . That's just my personal opinion.
You don't think Murali's bowling would make much impact, despite the fact that he has one of the best Twenty20 records of any spinner in English Twenty20.
In eight games in all Twenty20 cricket, he has 17 wickets - over two a game - at an average of 9.17 and an economy rate of 5.37. They are almost unbelievably good stats. Murali would probably have been the first choice bowler for any side. Players like Lokuarachchi who can offer a bit with the bat won't have as much impact as you expect - Twenty20 games are largely won by the top 4, top 6 at a push.