June 14, 2006

"It's harder to imitate Murali; he's a bit of a chucker"

Jamie Alter

Thandi Tshabalala, the young Free State offspinner, displaced Jacques Rudolph in South Africa's squad for two Tests in Sri Lanka this summer. Tshabalala, who regards Muttiah Muralitharan as the best spinner in the world, said he hoped to take in all he could about the craft while in Sri Lanka. Read on about Tshabalala's joy at being called up, and how tough he admitted it was to emulate his spinning idol.

Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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