Saqlain: Fans enjoying watching Murali and me bowl

Saqlain Mushtaq and Muttiah Muralitharan are part of the Gemini Arabians team in the ongoing Master Champions League T20 tournament.

Saqlian Mushtaq, Darren Gough and Muttiah Muralitharan in the ongoing MCL T20.   -  Saqlain Mushtaq Twitter

It might be a league of retired cricketers but Saqlain Mushtaq is enjoying every bit of his partnership with ‘spin twin’ Muttiah Muralitharan as the two spin wizards are plying their trade for Gemini Arabians in the Masters Champions League T20.

“We are the new spin twins. We are getting a lot of positive reactions from the fans. People are enjoying watching me and Murali operate in tandem. It’s a dream bowling partnership. Like batting, bowling also needs partnerships. I have had successful partnership with Mushy (Mushtaq Ahmed) and (Shahid) Afridi when I played for Pakistan,” 40-year-old Saqlain told PTI today.

The two exponents of ‘doosra’ are also sharing some of the tricks.

“The best part is that we are both sharing our tricks with each other. My job is to keep pressure on the batsmen with restrictive line while Murali will be the one who will go for wickets.”

Saqlain is happy to be a part of MCL as it has given him a chance to pursue his passion once again while reliving the memories of his playing days.

“It is obviously an alternative career option for the retired players. It gives them a platform to pursue what they love the most — to play the game. Also the fans can catch a glimpse of their heroes. Personally for me, I feel at least 20 years younger the moment I stepped onto the field. Memories of the good old days kept coming back,” Saqlain fondly recollected.

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