Would rank them equally
Murali was a marginally better bowler, but Tendulkar was a lot better batsman.
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I think we both know one of them will be remembered for their elbow. Tendulkar's got very high when driving, a pleasure to watch.
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It's a difficult comparison to make and say someone is better. Both outstanding cricketers. Tendulkar carried Indian batting for a few years in the 90s. Sri Lanka would be virtually non-existent in Test cricket without Muralidaran.
Let's be honest, they still are virtually non-existent as a test country. Had some good players like Murali, Aravinda, Jaya and Sanga, but for the most part they've always been a joke, especially away from home.
I mean, hand on heart, when has any supporter from a decent test playing nation ever felt remotely threatened by the prospect of their side hosting Sri Lanka for a test series?
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I mean, the last Australian summer was ruined by having Sri Lanka here after South Africa.
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Yeah, but I don't think it helped that it is was the 3rd time in 4 years (I think) that Sri Lanka had toured Aus.
I guess as harsh as it is there is some merit in your comment Burgey. But the top 3 or 4 can't keep playing each other over and over, the lower tier (and I'm not really sure SL deserve to be in that category, but anyway) need to be encouraged and supported.
I guess the best thing Sri Lanka have going for them now (post Murali) is that they are still competitive at home, and it is one of the best cricketing tours for any supporter to go on so they get decent crowds.
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No doubt that they are very poor now. Herath is the only Test quality bowler they have.
Yeah fair dos to both of ye.
Having said that, they did win a Test match in South Africa. I think they were the last team to win a Test against SA. Can't recall SA losing a match since that Boxing Day Test.
I know what you're saying, but if we're still saying "yay, a test match country won *a* test against someone", then I kind of think it shows that country is a bit of a joke. You should be pissed off if you aren't winning series after 30 odd years as a test nation, surely.
It's like they're the Gold Coast Suns of cricket, without Gary Ablett.
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